David Amy Named Television Music License Committee Chair

Today, the Television Music License Committee (TVMLC) appointed David B. Amy, a veteran executive in the local TV broadcast industry, as its chairman. TVMLC is a nonprofit trade association that negotiates music performing rights licenses on behalf of the local commercial television industry and leads efforts to promote a competitive market for music performing rights. Retired as […]

TVN’S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Collins | Music Rights: A Complicated Composition

In today’s music licensing scenario it’s not clear who owns a piece of music, or which performance rights organization each copyright owner is affiliated with. The lack of a competitive marketplace with ASCAP and BMI remains a sticking point and it’s sure this conversation is only just beginning to heat up.

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DOJ Extends ASCAP-BMI Comments Deadline

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is reviewing the antitrust consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI — the decrees that require that these performing rights organizations treat similarly situated licensees (and artists) in the same way and that allow a court to review the reasonableness of the rates that ASCAP and BMI propose. Those comments were initially due tomorrow, July 10, but the DOJ announced on its website that the comment deadline has been extended until Aug. 9.

DOJ To Review ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

For more than 75 years, the decrees have governed the process by which these two organizations license rights to publicly perform musical works. Justice says the review is to determine whether the decrees should be maintained in their current form, modified or terminated.

DOJ Loses Music Licensing Appeal

A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that music licensing giant BMI did not have to abide by the Obama administration’s more restrictive interpretation of how royalties should be collected. The decision dealt a setback to the Justice Department’s effort to require BMI and ASCAP, to license music to digital streaming services, radio and television stations, bars and other music users only if they could issue a “full-work” license.

ASCAP Hires Stephanie Ruyle As Licensing EVP

Performing rights organization ASCAP today appointed media executive Stephanie Ruyle executive vice president and head of licensing, reporting directly to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.  As a member of ASCAP’s leadership team, Ruyle will be responsible for ASCAP’s licensing revenues and operations across all platforms including broadcast and cable television, terrestrial and satellite radio, digital, live concerts, venues, retail, restaurants, […]

BMI Milestone: More Than $1B In Royalties

The music licensing agency, whose members include stars like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, reached that milestone a year ahead of its own predictions.

ASCAP, BMI Create Musical Works Database

The move is designed to increase ownership transparency in performing rights licensing.