UK Music Industry Wins In Copyright Case Against Government
In October 2014, the UK Government introduced measures to change the law to enable people to copy copyright material they have lawfully acquired for their own private and personal use. The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), the Musicians' Union (MU) and UK Music opposed these measures because it would not provide fair compensation to rightsholders. BASCA, MU and UK Music won a ruling in the High Court against the UK Government deeming the changes unlawful.
SAC SongWorks Pro Song Chosen for Pan Am Games
THE S.A.C. IS HIRING!
Spotify in talks with Fair Trade Music
Spotify remains the lightning rod for criticism about artist and songwriter royalties from streaming, so it’s interesting to see the company building bridges with the creator community today through talks with the Fair Trade Music coalition.
Eddie Schwartz Speaks at the United Nations
Speaking on behalf of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, at a panel organised at the United Nations in New York on 27 April on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) IP Day ‘Get Up. Stand Up: For Music’, composer-songwriter Eddie Schwartz, Co-Chair of Music Creators North America and President of the Songwriters Association of Canada, said that songwriters, composers and lyricists have seen the value of their works ...
Songwriters' United Response to NMPA
Major multinational publishers have announced their intention to withdraw rights from performing rights organizations (PROs), exemplified by our Canadian PRO, SOCAN. Songwriters and composers rights would also be withdrawn by publishers, without music creator input or consent to do so.
We at the Songwriters Association of Canada believe this is a serious matter that could adversely impact songwriters, composers and threaten the future of the PROs themselves.
Trends to know about in 2015
A summary of trends presented by FYI Music blogger David Farrell.