First music licensing reform in 20 years passed by senate

The US Senate have passed the contested Music Modernization Act signalling the first changes in music licensing laws for 20 years. The long-discussed and at times contentious Music Modernization Act has finally been passed by…

How to copyright your music

Copyright provides protection of ownership over your music and ensures if it’s stolen that you have the rights to defend your property. It’s important to understand copyright and how you can protect yours. Copyright gives…

YouTube launch ‘Copyright Match’ feature to find creators’ stolen content

YouTube have launched a solution to the exasperating issue of re-uploaders and content thieves on their giant video platform. YouTube’s new Copyright Match tool gives certain creators the power to identify videos using their content….

How to protect your music and understand copyright laws

Music copyrights can seem like a confusing and dangerous system but with a basic understanding you can keep yourself safe whilst protecting your own music. The music industry is imbued with copyright laws at every…

Facebook just signed a deal with ICE, licensing millions of tracks

As Facebook move into music legitimacy they are signing deals across the board to protect copyrights, now adding ICE to their friends. Following the past year’s controversy over music copyrights on Facebook the social media…

Streaming royalties to rise almost 50% for songwriters, US Copyright Board declare

After almost a year of discussion over music streaming rates it has been decided that songwriter’s rates will rise 50% in the next 5 years. Last march the United States Copyright Royalty Board began talks…

Facebook sign licensing deals with major rights-holders Kobalt, GMR, and SESAC

Facebook are fixing their issues with music copyrights one step at a time and some big new licensing deals mark a big step. Facebook have faced criticism for the rife infringement of music copyrights on…

Facebook going legal for music with Sony/ATV deal following Universal

Facebook have signed a new deal with Sony/ATV that brings them closer to a working music copyright system. Sony/ATV have signed a licensing agreement with Facebook following Universal signing a multi-year deal with the social…

Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey for Creep which they got sued for

Lana Del Rey faces the wrath of Thom Yorke and co’s lawyers for reportedly stealing Creep, which Radiohead have already been successfully sued for. Whose song is it?  How do you decide when someone owns…

How to legally use music samples in your tracks

Sampling has become a massive part of music but the legalities of when and where you can use samples can be confusing so here’s a guide to make sure your music is all good. Sampling…