Since the season of “he said she said” in copyright licensing is now in full bloom, I thought it wise to reveal a model I have developed for understanding the copyright licensing paradox. To be clear, the paradox is not that the parties involved don’t understand this model. The paradox leads to confusion over the right wrench to throw into the machine to make the model stop. The model: Note: The following steps can be performed in any order. In particular, steps One and Two are often performed in reverse…read more
Asking the obvious: Under proposed rates, would Pandora pay more for recorded music than the entire US radio industry?
A few weeks ago, Clear Channel (radio) and Big Machine (record label) announced a licensing deal covering the public performance of musical recordings (aka, music) both over the airwaves and through the internets. While the details of this deal were not disclosed, the subtext of the deal combined with news from the past lead to one question: Under the proposed rates for recorded music performance royalties, would Pandora pay a greater amount for recorded music than the entire US radio industry? As far as I can tell, the answer is:…read more