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The MLC has received over $424 million in unmatched royalties from 20 DSPs

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By Emmanuel LegrandThe MLC has a riches problem: It has been handed $424 million by music streaming services, and it now needs to find the rightful beneficiaries of these unpaid royalties. Last week the Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) - which started on January 1, 2021 to licensed and administer mechanical rights in the USA for the online use of music on behalf of songwriters and publishers - said it has received a total of $424,384,787 in accrued historical unmatched royalties from a...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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The MLC unveils six new appointments to its advisory committees

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The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), which administers mechanical rights in the United States, has disclosed the names of the six persons appointed to the Nashville-based music rights organisation’s advisory committees, including three appointments to the Dispute Resolution Committee, one appointment to the Operations Advisory Committee and two appointments to the Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee. Committee appointments are for three-year terms.

“The MLC Board and its nomina...

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CISAC, IFRRO, IFPI, IMPF, and SCAPR object to Georgia’s decision to replace the Georgian Copyright Association by IPOA

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Organisations representing creators and rights holders — CISAC, IFRRO, IFPI, IMPF, and SCAPR — have sent a letter to Soso Giorgadze, the Chairman of the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI) to strongly oppose its decision to exclude the established Georgian Copyright Association (GCA), from the country’s process for accrediting collective management organisations (CMOs) and replace it with IPOA, a newly accredited CMO in Georgia.

In the letter, they expressed concer...

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ECAD is seeking performance rights from music used at the Pernambuco carnival

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Brazil's umbrella organisation for music rights societies ECAD (Central Collection and Distribution Office) is seeking royalties from the organisers of the carnival events in the sate of Pernambuco, which have failed in recent years to pay performance rights.

The city hall of Recife is reportedly in default with the mandatory payments for public performance rights for the songs played during the festivities it organises, according to ECAD.

ECAD argued that the State of Pernambuco has be...

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