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David Oxenford: Chairman Wheeler to Step Down on Inauguration Day Leaving a Republican-Controlled FCC – What’s It Mean for Broadcasters?

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by David Oxenford

In the most detailed and far-thinking report on Tom Wheeler's resignation that we've seen, guest columnist and renowned broadcast attorney David Oxenford lays out what a Republican-controlled FCC could mean after Inauguration Day.

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David Oxenford: CRB Set to Begin 3 New Royalty Proceedings – Mechanical Royalty, Sirius XM Satellite Royalty, and Noncommercial Broadcasting Over-the-Air Royalties

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by David Oxenford

In tomorrow’s Federal Register, the Copyright Royalty Board will announce the commencement of three new proceedings to set music royalties for the 2018-2022 five-year period, each involving a different music right.

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CRB Developments: Revised Rates and Terms, Issues about Performance Complement and Small Webcasters

Unsettled issues are flowing into the industry mindspace following the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruling of new webcast royalty rates to labels on December 16. Broadcast law attorney David Oxenford untangles what the issues mean to broadcasters and small webcasters.

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David Oxenford: Adele’s New Record is Not on Online Streaming Services – Except Where It Is – The Difference Between Interactive and Noninteractive Streaming

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by David Oxenford

Broadcast law attorney and guest columnist David Oxenford explains the difference between interactive and non-interactive music services in the context of Adele's new album release, which is withheld from on-demand listening platforms like Rhapsody and Spotify.

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David Oxenford: Understanding the Murky State of the Performance Right in Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

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by David Oxenford

the legal issues around pre-1972 music royalty disputes are complex, tangled by conflicting federal and state regulations. State-court lawsuits in New York and California have favored plaintiffs seeking royalties from Pandora and Sirius XM, but a recent decision in Florida went the other way. Broadcast law attorney David Oxenford untangles.

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David Oxenford: Copyright Royalty Board Begins Hearings on Webcasting Royalty Rates – When Will We See a Decision?

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by David Oxenford

The Copyright Royalty Board has begun the hearing phase of its proceeding to set the royalties to be paid by webcasters for the years 2016-2020. Broadcast law attorney David Oxenford witnessed the day-ong event.

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How Misunderstandings about Big Numbers Distort the Debate over Songwriter Digital Music Royalties

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by David Oxenford

Barely a day goes by without seeing some article about a songwriter whose song was played a million times on a digital music service like Pandora or Spotify, with the artist only receiving a relatively small amount of royalty revenue from that seemingly large number of plays. A number of issues are misunderstood -- especially about big numbers.

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David Oxenford: Songwriter’s Equity Act Reintroduced — What Does It Propose?

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by David Oxenford

Broadcast attorney David Oxenford digs into the Songwriter Equity Act in this comprehensive analysis of proposed legislation. "This is perhaps one of those questions that can never be answered -- which is more important, the song or the singer?"

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New York Court Finds Public Performance Right in Pre-1972 Recordings; How Will this Affect Music Use?

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by David Oxenford

David Oxenford explains potential impacts and consequences of the latest pre-1972 copyright court action. "All music users that play oldies, whether the businesses be digital music services, radio stations, bars and restaurants or retail outlets, need to be carefully following the action in this case."

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David Oxenford: Court Ruling for pre-1972 Music: What Does It Mean?

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by David Oxenford

"This is a very surprising decision," writes broadcast attorney David Oxenford in this comprehensive analysis of a federal court ruling in California. Looking forward, much depends on whether the surprising decision is upheld in appeal, and whather it is replicated in other courtrooms and states. "If this decision were upheld, the potential ramifications for business in California could be great." Oxenford, who wrote about "The Summer of Copyright" this year, declares the start of what could be an equally contentious new season -- "The Autumn of Copyright has begun!"

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