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3 weeks ago
There are obviously important and complicated issues that will be considered. Will anything happen at the end of the day? It will no doubt be a long and contentious process – one that may also be affected by the proposed Congressional omnibus music licensing bill. There is much to review, and much to consider – and all music services need to watch and stay involved as this process develops.
ASCAP and BMI also want the right to do more than simply license the public performance rights for musical compositions – looking to be able to license rights to sych right (e.g. when a song is used in a commercial or movie production) or rights to reproduction (the mechanical rights necessary for a download or an on-demand music service). Having the ability to bundle these rights might make ASCAP and BMI more attractive to many publishers, and to many services looking for that one-stop shop for music rights. But, giving these companies more control over music could be seen as an increase in their market power, necessitating the continuation and strengthening of the consent decrees.
"We're pulling in a wide swath of female talent to gather up what the listeners will respond to." -- John Marks
"Now don’t get me wrong – at most, crossovers should be used like spice and when aggressively employed, they should be accompanied by credible DJ commentary setting the stage so the listener knows there’s a reason for its being played. Often the crossover moves on to become a hit in its own right in the new genre and needs no further explanation or justification. In a number of cases, this process actually expands the scope and vitality of the station format genre – the result being forward motion and growth for both radio and music." -- Duane Doobie in RadioInfo