@marcps: Texas Governor Greg Abbott to Attorney General Loretta Lynch: Don’t Mess With Song Licensing

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has submitted a letter of opposition to the Dept. of Justice regarding its recent decision to change how performance rights organizations (PROs) are required to treat the licensing of some songs with multiple authors.

The controversial change, part of a two-year review of the consent decrees established in the early 1940s to govern the PROs (namely ASCAP and BMI), now requires those PROs to allow “100 percent licensing,” which would give the partial owner of a song the ability to license the entire work to a user such as a streaming service, as long as they account for and pay the other songwriters.

In a letter dated Aug. 29 and addressed to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Abbott says that he feels compelled to weigh in on the controversy due to his position as head of the Texas Music Office. “The Texas Music Office is housed within my office and is charged by law with promoting the Texas music industry. As the head of that office, I must object to the DOJ’s position in these cases, which is both legally flawed and threatens to harm the music industry in Texas.”

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@musicrow: Texas Governor Objects To DOJ Ruling On Fractionalized Licensing

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has formally asked the Department of Justice to reconsider its recent decision regarding consent decrees and fractional licensing.

In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch dated Aug. 29, Gov. Abbott wrote to express his disagreement.

He wrote, in part, “The Texas Music Office is housed within my office and is charged by law with promoting the Texas music industry. As the head of that office, I must object to the DOJ’s position in these cases, which is both legally flawed and threatens to harm the music industry in Texas. I respectfully request that the DOJ reconsider its position.”

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hypebot: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Urges U.S. DOJ To Reconsider Changes To PRO Licensing Model

With so many unhappy with the Department of Justice‘s recent alteration to the Performing Rights Organization licensing model, Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently sent a letter to Attorney General Lynch urging reconsideration of the decision.

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@musicbizworld: Katy Perry knows exactly how much Spotify is ‘punishing’ Apple exclusive artists…

What do you expect from people who steal from songwriters?  Where is the Justice Department now?

The past 72 hours have been especially fun in the world of streaming exclusives.

On Friday, Bloomberg ran a story which accused Spotify of actively ‘burying’ the promotion of stars who have windowed their music on Apple Music or Tidal.

Spotify has done so, said the report, by excluding artists and tracks from its highly influential playlists, in addition to demoting them from search results.

The Swedish service has now hit back at the article, calling it “unequivocally false”.

Well, to be precise, Spotify says that the allegation of it burying search for Apple/Tidal-friendly artists is “unequivocally false“.

That’s because the other bit – the bit that suggests Spotify is blackballing these artists on its top playlists – is completely true.

There’s no debate here. We’re telling you, it’s happening.

Just ask Katy Perry…


Perry’s big comeback single – her first for two years – is called Rise.

You may or may not have heard it. That’s kind of the point.

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@johnmannes: Spotify might not suppress search, but that doesn’t mean artists with exclusives get treated equally

Another example of Spotify’s market power run amok.

Taking the [denial] from Spotify at face value, the company is incredibly clear about not suppressing tracks from artists that signed exclusives with other streaming services deeper in search results.

That said, a representative of a singer-songwriter told Bloomberg that the artist turned down an appearance on an Apple Music show because of fears they would “lose promotion from Spotify.” This is not about suppressing search results, this is about promoting music differently on the Spotify platform as a direct result of exclusives signed with streaming services like Apple Music.

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@Lucas_Shaw and @satariano: New Boss Spotify Is Burying Musicians for Their Apple Deals

Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss.  Looks like Spotify uses its dominant market power to destroy careers, but you can forget the anti-artist Obama Justice Department doing anything about it as long as Clintonista Jonathan Prince is at Spotify.

An escalating battle between Apple Inc. and Spotify Ltd. is leaving some musicians caught in the crossfire.

Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming service, the people said. Spotify said it doesn’t alter search rankings.

Spotify has been using such practices for about a year, one of the people said, though others said the efforts have escalated over the past few months. Artists who have given exclusives to Tidal, the streaming service run by Jay Z, have also been retaliated against, the person said, declining to identify specific musicians.

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