Generations of songwriters are held guilty of some long-forgotten and Kafka-esque original sin requiring a degree of government regulation as though songs were hazardous materials. Regulation that protects monopolists like Google and iHeartMedia from the supposed anticompetitive urges of songwriters who we are asked to believe seek out the closed door of the writer room for one reason–collusion.
Rosanne Cash tells the Copyright Royalty Judges “I value the next generation of songwriters deeply, and I don’t want to see an entire population give up their passion and their chosen vocation, because they can’t pay the rent.”
[Editor Charlie sez: This post demonstrates that no single songwriter group–including NSAI–speaks for every songwriter in the world and that songwriters around the world do not want their incomes smashed. So that’s a bit of a pickle.] Part 2 of 2 parts, read part 1 here. COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD (CRB) In re DOCKET NO. 21-CRB-0001-PR-(2023-2027)… Continue reading #FrozenMechanicals Crisis: Comments to CRB by Twelve International Songwriter Groups Opposing Frozen Mechanicals Part 2
July 26, 2021 Chief Copyright Royalty Judge Jesse M. Feder Copyright Royalty Judge David R. Strickler Copyright Royalty Judge Steve Ruwe U.S. Copyright Royalty Board 101 Independence Ave SE P.O. Box 70977 Washington, DC 20024-0977 SENT VIA ELECTRONIC DELIVERY RE: DETERMINATION OF ROYALTY RATES AND TERMS FOR MAKING AND DISTRIBUTING PHONORECORDS, DOCKET NUMBER 21-CRB-0001- PR… Continue reading #FrozenMechanicals Crisis: Monica Corton’s Comment to Copyright Royalty Board
Gwen Seale challenges the frozen mechanical rates.
[This is a letter from Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) to the Librarian of Congress (who appoints and can sack the Copyright Royalty Judges) and the head of the Copyright Office about procedures in the Copyright Royalty Board’s proceeding on frozen mechanicals. Download the original letter here.] Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress Shira Perlmutter,… Continue reading Letter from Congressman Lloyd Doggett about Frozen Mechanicals to Librarian of Congress and Register of Copyrights
[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions] By Chris Castle If you’ve been following the heated controversy around the frozen mechanicals crisis, you’ll know that the Copyright Royalty Board has received a proposal from the NMPA, NSAI and the major labels to freeze the statutory rate for songwriter mechanical royalties on physical (like CDs and vinyl)… Continue reading How to Register to Comment at the Copyright Royalty Board on the Frozen Mechanicals Rate Hearing
SoundExchange does a great job on new webcasting rates–indexed to inflation.
The Ivors Academy joins the campaign against frozen mechanical royalties for songwriters by the Copyright Royalty Board in the US. Ivors is the UK’s independent professional association for music creators and is a community of diverse, talented songwriters and composers across all styles. Their talent creates the music that the world loves. The organization was… Continue reading The @IvorsAcademy Joins the No Frozen Mechanicals Campaign
You should read the post by three Nashville songwriters about their efforts on frozen mechanicals at the Copyright Royalty Board.