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'Carlton Dance' Too Simple To Copyright says Copyright Office

In a setback in actor and dance innovator Alfonso Ribeiro's battle against game creators, the U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that his “Carlton Dance” cannot be copyrighted. According to an email obtained by CBS, the Copyright Office rejected Riberio's copyright for the dance saying that it represented a “simple dance routine” rather than a work of choreography. Ribeiro, who played Will Smith’s sidekick in the ’90s sitcom “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” devised the dance move for the show. ...
Tags: Music, Copyright, Dance, Associated Press, Will Smith, Music Business, Alfonso Ribeiro, Copyright Office, Bruce Houghton, U.S. Copyright Office, Milly, Ribeiro, Fortnite, Russell Horning, Publishing & Songwriting, Riberio


How To Make The Most Of A Song, Album Premier

It's a cutthroat industry out there, and when time comes for you to throw your hat in the ring and release new music, it's up to you to do everything you can to maximize its impact. Here several industry experts weigh in on what artists must do to capitalize on 'premiere culture' as it functions today. ______________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix With competition fiercer than ever, you need to be sure your next premiere has a meaningful impact. How did ...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Earth, Guest Post, Musicians, Youtube Video, James Rhodes, Rhodes, Music Business, Bandcamp, Substream Magazine, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Logan White, James Shotwell, Molly Hudelson


5 Things You Need To Have Ready Before You Tell Anyone About Your Music

Having music is all well and good, but when it comes to getting a relevant party interested, your ephemeral window of opportunity can't be wasted. Here we Chris Robley details five critical elements you must be able to call upon if you want to cultivate interest in your work. ______________________________ By Chris Robley of CD Baby for the DIY Musician blog No, I’m not talking about a recording. Not a press quote. Not a marketing plan. Not a logo. Not a social media following. T...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Maine, Guest Post, Musicians, Montreal, Music Business, LA Times, Chris Robley, Folk Alliance International, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


Article 13 Finalized And It Will Change The Music Industry

EU negotiators have agreed on the final text of the new sweeping Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market, including language on the contentious Article 13 clause. The finalization of the text was one of the last roadblocks to the approval of the directive by the European Parliament and presaged the commencement of the final stages of negotiation after EU member states voted to use a deal between France and Germany as the basis of the agreement. Safe Harbor Is Not So Safe Any Mo...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Music, UK, Youtube, France, Germany, Eu, Parliament, European Parliament, Music Business, Bruce Houghton, GEMA, Andrus Ansip, IFPI, Publishing & Songwriting


The Elusive Obelus: Streaming’s Issue With Denominators

Here Christian Castle details issues regarding streaming rates, and the problem in the formula which prevents the creation of long-term shareholder value, and instead gives an immediate short-term rush to the beneficiaries.  _______________________________ Guest post by Christian Castle of Music Tech Solutions “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. No matter how much people would like ...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, EK, Bill, World Trade Center, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Ernest Hemingway, Company, Mike, Poughkeepsie, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Christian Castle of Music Tech Solutions


YouTube's ContentID System Being Repurposed By Blackmailers Thanks To Its Failings

YouTube's content ID system has long been maligned by the music industry for its multifaceted failings. The minimal staffing YouTube provides regarding copyright claims has left the system vulnerable to misuse and, most recently, outright extortion. __________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt By now, we should all be aware that YouTube's ContentID system is not great. What was supposed to be an efficient way for content owners to report when their content i...
Tags: Music, Eu, Paypal, Guest Post, Minecraft, Music Business, Music Tech, Timothy Geigner, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, ObbyRaidz


Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances

Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish AI platform Amuse with soon begin calculating these payments using machine learning. _____________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Getting an advance on your royalties...
Tags: Music, London, Los Angeles, Guest Post, Musicians, Miami, Bogota, Royalties, Music Business, Music Tech, Bobby Owsinski, TuneCore, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


Being A Successful Musician: What Actually Matters

While talent and ability are certainly important factors when it comes be becoming a successful artist, more important still is differentiation. Here we look at what it means to separate yourself from the back like this, and what really matters when it comes to differentiation. ___________________________ Guest post by Jake Udell of Art of Manager If you’re an artist, you have to be great. But when push comes to shove between greatness and differentiation, differentiation wins. ...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Guest Post, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Ava, Music Business, Nelly, Krewella, D.I.Y, Jake Udell, Alec Benjamin, Publishing & Songwriting, Ava Max


How Artists Can Drive Brand Partnerships

With such a high volume of new music constantly being released, artists and their music have a difficult time breaking through and getting traction among listeners. That said, the upheaval and transformation of the traditional music industry has given the scrappy do-it-yourselfers a chance to succeed with the help of brand partnerships. ________________________ Guest post by Maxwell Zotz, director of brand partnerships and artists relations, MAX With upward of seven million new tr...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Guest Post, Music Business, Musician, Kit Kat, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Sponsirship, Maxwell Zotz, Crocs Post Malone


NMPA Warns Spotify May 'Declare War' On Songwriters Over 44% Royalty Rate Increase

The NMPA and its member music publishers are reminding songwriters and other publishers that Spotify and other digital music streamers thus far "won’t say" if they plan to appeal the 44% increase over five year in mechanical royalties to songwriters made official by the US Copyright Royalty Board this week. Apple Music has said they will not contest the increase. "The digital music companies now have 30 days to decide whether to appeal that ruling, and in effect declare war against song...
Tags: Music, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business, Bruce Houghton, US Copyright Royalty Board, David Israelite, Publishing & Songwriting


How Does Imagine Dragons Create Memorable Melodies?

We've all gotten songs stuck in our heads, or found that, decades after hearing a piece of music, we are able to recall it with full clarity - but what are the qualities which cause some songs to have this staying power, while others simply fade into memory? In this piece, we look at how the group Imagine Dragons is able to craft music which manages to cling to listeners' brains. ______________________________ In this latest post to MusicThinkTank, Hunter Farris breaks down the technica...
Tags: Music, Diy, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Songwriting, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Diy Musicians, MusicThinkTank Hunter Farris


Why A Trademark Can Be Valuable To Your Music's Brand

If you've gone to the trouble of cultivating a specific logo or brand for your music, there are a number of benefits to "making it official" by getting it trademarked. Besides just establishing a potential source of revenue, a trademark can provide you with certain legal protections down the road. ____________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 If you’ve established your logo or a unique look to your music brand, it can be quite beneficial to have it trademark...
Tags: Music, Florida, Nike, Guest Post, Nashville, US Patent And Trademark Office, Music Business, McDonald, Birmingham Alabama, Tallahassee, Bobby Owsinski, D.I.Y, Social Media Promotion for Musicians, Publishing & Songwriting


SoundExchange 2018 Artist Payments Top A Record $953M

SoundExchange distributed $953 million in sound recording performance royalties to recording artists and rights owners in 2018, more than in any year their 15 year history. A strong fourth quarter distribution of $345 million to music creators helped put the PRO into record territory for the year. Thanks in large part to the passage of the Music Modernization Act, SoundExchange is predicting even bigger distributions in 2019. The MMA includes the CLASSICS Act, which guarantees feder...
Tags: Music, Streaming, MMA, Music Business, Indie Labels, Major Labels, Bruce Houghton, SoundExchange, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


How Should Remixers Be Compensated?

Copyright and publishing law is complex enough, but once remixed enter into the equation, the amount of gray area can often double. Here Chris Robley details some of the complications that exist, and what steps you should take to make sure a remixer is compensated appropriately. __________________________ By Chris Robley of CD Baby and the DIY Musician's blog Music rights management comes down to two questions: Who owns what? Who’s owed what? In many musical collaborati...
Tags: Music, Maine, Guest Post, Streaming, Music Business, LA Times, Chris Robley, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


Is Printing, Selling Physical CDs Still Worth It?

While there is a lot of nostalgia surrounding the CDs and CD buying culture, the manufacturing costs and associated complexities of creating them leave a lot of more contemporary artists wondering if, in the digital age, CDs are really worth it at all. _______________________________ Guest post by Brad Pack of Soundfly's Flypaper When was the last time you bought a CD? Many of us have fond memories of growing up with CDs. I can remember rushing to the local record shop after schoo...
Tags: Spotify, Music, London, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Marketing, Guest Post, Paul Mccartney, Nielsen, Justin Timberlake, Boomers, Music Business, Kenny Chesney, Dan Baker, Tay Tay, Ari Herstand


Guide To Making Your Live Show More Interesting

The shows that truly stick in our minds often transcend just great music, using stunning visuals or other dramatic elements to emphasize the emotional power of the performance. Here we look at how artists can take their show to the next level and give fans a truly unforgettable experience. ____________________________ Guest post by Evan Zwisler for Soundfly's Flypaper Great, memorable shows go so far beyond the music itself. Great performers will tap into what makes their music spec...
Tags: Music, New York, Diy, California, New York City, Music Industry, Live, Brooklyn, Guest Post, Shanghai, Indie, Musicians, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Music Business, Live & Touring


The Truth About Advances In The Music Business

As with all entrepreneurs, songwriters are likely to run into issues with cash flow, to which getting an advance is one solution. Unsurprisingly such advance payments, while they do provide much needed cash on hand, come with a number of strings attached, and aren't always the best option. ___________________________ Guest post by Frances Katz of Soundfly's Flypaper Like any new entrepreneur, songwriters may themselves experience cash flow problems and look for additional financing t...
Tags: Music, Atlanta, Mtv, Guest Post, Kickstarter, Amanda Palmer, Music Business, Napster, Songtrust, D.I.Y, Royalty Exchange, Publishing & Songwriting, Frances Katz, Atlantic Paste The New York Times Ploughshares


New Titles Entering The Public Domain

January 1st of 2019 marked the first day on which a plethora of titles originally published in 1923 will finally enter the public domain, (meaning they can be used for free and without permission) after Congress extended the copyright term for an additional twenty years when they were originally supposed to be released in 1999. Here we look at some of the highlights. __________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 January 1st was Public Domain Day 2019, the first...
Tags: Music, London, Congress, Guest Post, Charlie Chaplin, Morton, Music Business, Charleston, Wodehouse, Cecil B DeMille, Buster Keaton, Duke University, Bobby Owsinski, Sam Taylor, Noel Coward, Béla Bartok


Making The Most Of Your Ideas (Even The Bad Ones)

In this piece, James Shotwell encourages musical creators to slow down and think about their developmental process, as well as the value of fully exploring ideas to determine their value before writing them off. ___________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Last year, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler appeared on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast to promote a new documentary about his career outside the iconic rock band. During the conversation, Tyler began to describe ...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Steven Tyler, Aerosmith, Music Business, Joe Perry, Tyler, Joe Rogan, Rogan, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, James Shotwell, Haulix


Is Podcasting's Bubble About To Burst Or Just Catching Its Breath?

Following its explosion in popularity, podcasting has established itself as a lead player in the audio renaissance. But can this platform continue to keep growing? Low barriers to entry have led to a crowded content field, leaving some in the industry concerned about its future. ______________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Now don't get me wrong. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool believer that podcasting is a “thing,” is a platform that is steadily growing, is an ...
Tags: Music, Ces, Guest Post, Jesus, Matthew, Orlando, Music Business, Daniel, Luke, Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media, D.I.Y, Daniel J Lewis, Publishing & Songwriting, Podcast Movement, Seth Resler


Fans Want To Understand An Artist's Creative Process

What we consume as the final product of an artist's creative effort typically fails to communicate the process and often struggle that goes into it. Here we explore the value of sharing the creative process, and how it helps fans gain greater understanding of not just the music, but the artist behind it. ______________________________ Guest post from Haulix Daily Recently, I came above the image at the top of this post online. The description read, “No one ever sees the process.”...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Diy Musicians


6 Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2019 Inductees Named

The Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct six new honorees at its 50th Annual Awards Dinner. The star-studded event is slated for Thursday, June 13, 2019 in New York City.   Dallas Austin, Missy Elliott, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin & Yusuf / Cat Stevens were names in the first round of The Songwriters Hall of Fame 2019 inductees. These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, "The Boy Is Mine,” “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Angel From Montgomery,” “Ballad of Forty Do...
Tags: Music, New York City, Hall of Fame, Montgomery, Nile Rodgers, Music Business, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, John Prine, Missy Elliott, Dallas Austin, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Publishing & Songwriting, Jack Tempchin & Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Tom T. Hall, Dallas Austin Missy Elliott Tom T Hall


50% Of New Guitars Sold To Young Women

The gender has been a significant issue in the music industry for a number of years, with women often getting marginalized or in other ways receiving the short end of the stick. A positive indicator that change is finally coming however, reveals that half of the guitars sold in the US and UK are going to young women. _______________________________ Guest post from Haulix Daily The gender gap in music has been a hot topic of debate for years. It seems for every one female-lead or all-...
Tags: Music, UK, US, United States, Ed Sheeran, United Kingdom, Guest Post, Rolling Stone, Taylor, Music Business, Mooney, Andy Mooney, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Retail & Vinyl, Mura Masa Tash Sultana Youngr Daniel Caesar Grimes


Data Trends and The Songwriter [Songtrust Report]

The end of another year means it's time for data analysis, which is just what the good people at Songtrust have done. They've analyzed down a number of data sources from that past year to help songwriters make smarter business decisions and bring in greater profits in 2019. ________________________________ From Songtrust As 2018 came to a close, our team went back and looked at all the data we had collected over the last year looking for trends th...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Music Business, Ascap, Songtrust, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


Apple Music Expands Song Lyrics To 7 More Countries

Apple has expanded Apple Music lyric support to seven more countries. It is now live in France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.  Apple Music includes both song lyrics, which appear onscreen while listening, and a search function to find song titles by typing in a phrase or string of words.  Prior to today's expansion, Apple Music lyric support was restricted to Australia, Canada, US and the UK. [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Apple, Music, UK, Spain, Streaming, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Bruce Houghton, Publishing & Songwriting, Australia Canada US


Everybody Loses After Metal Band, Photographer Get Pissy Following Copyright Threat

In yet another messy and unfortunate copyright squabble, Timothy Geigner here breaks down a recent incident in which a photographer's copyright threat levied at a metal band caused all parties involved to go full nuclear and end up with egg on their faces. _____________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt In many, if not most, of the copyright disputes we cover here, the stance we take is not typically a purely legal one. Often times, we make mention that one pa...
Tags: Music, Social Media, Guest Post, Music Business, Timothy Geigner, Alissa, Arch Enemy, Salmerón, Publishing & Songwriting, J Salmerón


FCC Suspends Operations, Copyright Office Remains Open As Government Shutdown Enters Day 13

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will suspend most operations midday today, January 3rd, because of the partial government shutdown. The closure comes as the shutdown over border wall funding enters Day 13. Employees will be given up to four hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. "However, work required for the protection of life and property will continue, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds," the FCC said in a pre...
Tags: Music, Fcc, Congress, Gigi Sohn, Music Business, Trump, Broadcast & Satellite, Bruce Houghton, US Copyright Office, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Publishing & Songwriting, US Copyright Office. government shutdown


FCC To Suspend Operations Due To Government Shutdown, Copyright Office To Stay Open

UPDATED: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will suspend most operations on Thursday, January 3rd. The suspension announcement comes as the US government shutdown over the funding of a border wall enters Day 12. Employees will be given up to four hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. "However, work required for the protection of life and property will continue, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds," the FCC said in a...
Tags: Music, Fcc, US, Copyright, Government Shutdown, Music Business, Broadcast & Satellite, Bruce Houghton, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Publishing & Songwriting


Universal Scores Win vs ISP In DMCA Safe Harbors Case

In the latest development in the case between ISP Grande Communications and Universal Music Group, a judge has ruled that Grande shouldn't be able to use the DMCA's 'safe harbor' defense since the ISP failed to terminate infringers. __________________________ Guest post by Mike Masnick of Techdirt We've written a few times about a key DMCA case in Texas, involving the ISP Grande Communications and Universal Music Group (and, by proxy, the copyright trolling operation Rightscorp). Th...
Tags: Music, Texas, Guest Post, Dmca, Universal, Isp, Music Business, Torrentfreak, Major Labels, Umg, Mike Masnick, Cox, Grande, Safe Harbors, Publishing & Songwriting


FCC To Suspend Operations Due To Government Shutdown, Copyright Office Stays Open

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will suspend most operations in the middle of the day on Thursday, January 3. The suspension announcement comes as the US government shutdown over the funding of a border wall enters Day 11. Employees will be given up to four hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. "However, work required for the protection of life and property will continue, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds," the F...
Tags: Music, Fcc, US, Copyright, Government Shutdown, Music Business, Broadcast & Satellite, Copyright Office, Bruce Houghton, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Publishing & Songwriting