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.
While this summer has perhaps not brought the big headlines in trade press about copyright issues involving broadcasters – particularly in the area of music rights – there still are many issues that are active. While the rates for 2016-2020 are on appeal, these rates are effective pending appeal and webcasters need to be paying under them. Many other copyright issues are on the horizon, here’s an outline of many of the pending matters.