“Happy Birthday” Song Copyright Dispute

Here is an interesting fact: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing claims to still own the copyright for the music and lyrics to the song “Happy Birthday”. The Guinness Book of Records says the song is the most recognizable in the world (1998 edition). Warner/Chappell acquired another publisher, Birch Tree Hill, that registered the copyright in 1935, therefore

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Justice Department Requests Documents from PROs & Major Publishers

The US Department of Justice sent CIDs (Civil Investigative Demand for Documents) to a group of PROs (Performance Rights Organizations) and major music publishers. It is speculated by the recipients that this request is in connection with the examination of the consent decrees but the investigation will also include the possibility of collusion between major publishers

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Billboard Weighs in on MIDIA Research: Music Rev Still Dropping

Glenn Peoples for Billboard reports (here) on new research coming from MIDIA: “Global Music Forecasts 2014 to 2019: The Shift to the Consumption Era”. Unfortunately the revenue of the music business will continue to sink into 2019 throughout the world market. The revenues from digital sources (downloads, streaming, ad-supported models, etc) will continue to increase its share but

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