Licensing, Beastie Boys, and Monster Energy

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Beastie Boys are suing Monster Energy Co. (makers of the popular energy drink) for almost $2.4 million for copyright infringement and legal fees. The incident came about when Monster released a web video featuring a remix of several Beastie Boys songs to promote an upcoming event. While

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Pandora Pays Songwriters Just 4% of Revenues

In a New Year’s message, Pandora’s CEO called 2014 the “year of the working artist on Pandora. ” However, the validity of this statement has recently been called into question by David Israelite, head of the National Music Publishers’ Association. Israelite points out that, while recording artists receive 50% of Pandora’s revenue, songwriters only receive

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Music Licensing Changes via U.S. Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office is supporting a change in the way that music licensing is conducted, as stated in a 245 page report on Thursday. If successful, this will mark most radical reform to music licensing in the last 50 years. Many of today’s music copyright laws were drafted almost 100 years ago, and have seen

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