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  • Performance rights group ASCAP announces a new digital team

    Performance rights group ASCAP announces a new digital team

    There’s a new digital team at the American of Society of Composers, Authors, and Performers. ASCAP is a nonprofit organization that helps songwriters track and get paid for performances of their work. (It says it has 585,000 members, with 2015 revenues topping $1 billion.) The organization hasn’t exactly ignored the online world before this — for one thing, it hired… Read More

  • Ridiculous: Verizon Pays ASCAP $5M Interim License Fee For … Ringtones

    The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) recently made the ridiculous assertion that cellphone ringtones are to be considered “public performances” of music under the Copyright Act and thus require a license. As Ars Technica eloquently pointed out, the claim is ridiculous because after all one doesn’t need a public performance license to drive… Read More