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The Music Modernization Act of 2018 (MMA) established a new blanket mechanical license covering the use of musical works in the U.S. by eligible digital audio services. This license will become available starting on January 1, 2021. The arrival of this new blanket licensing system will mark the beginning of a new era of greater efficiency and transparency in mechanical licensing for musical works in the United States. For most digital service providers (DSPs) operating digital audio services in the U.S. that offer interactive streaming or digital downloads to consumers, the MMA imposes several new obligations that they will be required by […]

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Canadian poet, novelist, and teacher Margaret Atwood once said, “Human beings make art, that’s just what we do.” Atwood’s statement beautifully captures the natural inclination for self-expression, collaboration, and communication. But how well do you think the author’s statement would hold up in a world where art could be legally used by everyone at his or her own discretion for free? It wouldn’t. And that is exactly why there are copyright laws. Copyrights give artists just like you an incentive to create beyond just the pure pleasure of it. But even when there are copyright laws and registration processes in […]

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[Photos by: Born Of Osiris/Spotify, Jason Richardson/YouTube/Guitar Center] It seems that Born Of Osiris and their former guitarist Jason Richardson have reached a settlement. The issue is question was brought up earlier this year in some very public Twitter beef. Richardson alleged that he was still owed royalties for his work on Born Of Osiris’ […]

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) and SAG-AFTRA announced that the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund has distributed $62 million in royalties to non-featured musicians and vocalists – the largest distribution in the Funds history. “This is great news at such a difficult time for musicians. […]