NMPA moves to block Sony from joining mechanical royalty CRB proceedings

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The National Music Publishers Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International have moved to block Sony Music Entertainment from participating in the new round of Copyright Royalty Board proceedings. After setting webcasting rates for the 2016-2020 period, the CRB will next consider mechanical royalties that will apply to interactive music services for 2018-2022. Continue Reading


Japanese social app Line plans streaming service

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Line, a social and messaging app based in Japan, has announced a new foray into streaming music. Thanks to a partnership with Sony Music and Avex Digital, the company will launch a service called Line Music. According to a brief news post on Line’s website, the three businesses are still working on the details of what Line Music will look like. Continue Reading