Music rights and distribution related headlines from The Benton Foundation as well as the latest blog posts from the Future of Music Coalition‘s Future Blog.

A lawsuit with the potential to shake up commonly held assumptions about the broadcasting of older music will be staying in California. In response to the first California lawsuit led by members of The Turtles, Sirius argued that the plaintiffs were playing "lawsuit lottery" and sought to have the case [...]
Thu, Dec 05, 2013
Source: Benton Foundation - Satellite Radio
The entity that collects performance royalties from digital music services—and distributes them to performers and record labels—sued satellite-radio giant Sirius XM for allegedly refusing to pay for recordings made prior to 1972. read more [...]
Tue, Aug 27, 2013
Source: Benton Foundation - Satellite Radio
On Feb. 14, the Copyright Royalty Board issued a “final determination” setting SiriusXM’s statutory sound recording performance royalty rate for 2013 at 9% of “gross revenue.” This rate is too low by several percentage points, depriving artists and labels of tens of millions of dollars of royalty payments that will [...]
Tue, Feb 26, 2013
Source: Benton Foundation - Satellite Radio