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Good News: Sirius XM Settles Pre-1972 With Turtles! Bad News: Settlement Slashes Sound Recording Royalty 50%

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MUST READ: Two Former U.S. Copyright Heads Defend Maria Pallante from Sacking by Rogue Librarian of Congress

This is quite an extraordinary statement by the two previous Registers of Copyright.  The call the dismissal unseemly and the ask the members of The Judiciary Committee  to Investigate! 53 more words

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Flo & Eddie Class Settlement with Sirius on Pre-72 Sound Recordings — Artist Rights Watch

Big congratulations to Flo & Eddie (aka The Turtles) and class counsel Henry Gradstein for a great settlement in their indie label class action against SiriusXM for pre-72 sound recordings.

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@musicbizworld: @SOUNDEXCHANGE PAID OUT $264M IN Q3 – ITS BIGGEST QUARTER IN TWO YEARS — Artist Rights Watch

SoundExchange just paid out more than quarter of a billion dollars to recorded music rights holders – its biggest three-month distribution in two years. According to the US company’s latest data, it delivered $263.5m to labels and artists in […]

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@edchristman: Commercial Radio Group Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights — Artist Rights Watch

With ASCAP and BMI still under unaltered consent decrees and SESAC agreeing to rate-setting arbitration in a 2015 settlement, the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) is going for the grand slam with an antitrust lawsuit against boutique performance rights organization Global Music Rights.

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@alexeheath: Facebook is doing a $6 billion stock buyback [But Nothing for Songwriters] — Artist Rights Watch

Facebook is buying back up to $6 billion of its stock from shareholders, the company announced in a SEC filing on Friday–and still no music licenses.

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