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In 2008, songwriter Maria Schneider signed an administration agreement (AA) that gave the administrator ArtistShare Music Publishing (AMP) the exclusive right to administer her musical compositions, including “to execute” in Schneider’s “name any licenses and agreements affecting the Compositions.” The AA further stated AMP “must notify you [i.e., Schneider] and obtain your prior written approval for any license we grant on your behalf.” After AMP assigned “all its duties” under the AA to its affiliated company Modern Works Music Publishing (MWP), MWP in 2014 entered into a blanket publishing licensing agreement (PLA) that gave YouTube the right to use Schneider’s compositions.
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Music Rates and Royalties 2023: Past, Present and Future
By Jeff Brabec and Todd Brabec
Part One of a Two Part Article
Analysis of the most important music rate and royalty areas, both past, present and future and how and by whom they are set or determined as well as the effect that legislation, litigation, the Copyright Royalty Board and the Department of Justice have had on the process.
Getty Images’ Suit Over AI Generator
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By Sarah Schaedler and Jennifer T. Criss
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By ELF Staff
A look at moves among attorneys, law firms, companies and other players in entertainment law.