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Guest Post: Follow the Money: YouTube's Failure to Pay Retroactively Gives "Conversion Rate" a Whole New Meaning

by Chris Castle

A performance metric one hears from the digerati is the term “conversion rate.”   “Conversion rate” for a streaming service usually means the rate at which users of an ad-supported free service are “converted” to paying users.   1,633 more words

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Guest Post: The Royal Scam: Content ID and Google's Massive Profits From Piracy and Crime

By Chris Castle

Google and YouTube have managed to create a scam that has gone both largely undetected and largely unpunished for a decade–illicit activity that can be both seen and quantified through the sale of advertising and is also unseen and unquantified through data scraping in the background.   1,354 more words

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Composer Maria Schneider Files Class Action Suit Against YouTube

Grammy award-winning composer-performer Maria Schneider has filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube and parent companies Google and Alphabet. The lawsuit is brought on behalf of independent rights holders that do not have access to the Content ID system (most of us).   142 more words

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Developing... HFA added as Defendant in Amended 8 Mile Spotify Complaint

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Amended 8 Mile v Spotify complaint adds Harry Fox Agency as a defendant.  The complaint states:

“HFA’s material contributions to and enablement of Spotify’s infringement through a joint conspiracy with Spotify to distribute fraudulent documents and misrepresentations designed to conceal and enable Spotify’s infringement of the Eight Mile Compositions.” 164 more words

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Guest Post: #FairTradeofMusic Initiative Goes After $330 million in the New Reciprocity Campaign for Artist Rights (#irespectmusic)--Artist Rights Watch

Guest Post by Chris Castle (cross posted from Artist Rights Watch)

I cannot tell you the number of times U.S. artists have said to me, “I don’t need to join SoundExchange, I’m already a member of BMI.”  (Or ASCAP.)  Then I have to explain to them why SoundExchange collects an entirely different royalty–for the performance of… 554 more words

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Copyright Office Regulates @MLC_US: Selected Public Comments on MLC Transparency: @MusicReportsInc

This post first appeared on Artist Rights Watch.

Read Music Reports entire comment here.

Music Reports generally agrees with, endorses, and echoes the views of MediaNet as stated in the response to the NOI it filed today.

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