Publishers have been trying to follow the lead of record labels to bypass BMI and ASCAP to cut direct licensing deals with digital services. A U.S. Department of Justice consent decree has prevented it, but that may be about to change.
Universal Music has been chasing MP3tunes since 2009. Whatever the merits of labels taking legal action music tech companies from Napster to Grooveshark, the cost of these lawsuits are indirectly born by artists and almost never are financial wins shared
Exclusive content has become the latest weapon in the battle for streaming music subscribers. A deep pocketed Apple is expected to make them part of its June music relaunch. But Jay Z's TIDAL has placed exclusives at the center of its marketing efforts
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