I will be giving a presentation titled “The Digital Music Performance Royalty Apocalypse” at the SXSW Music Conference next Wednesday, March 12, at 2pm. The title does not imply that my speaking at the conference is, itself, a sign of the coming apocalypse. Rather, I will be discussing the history, current state of affairs, and hot topics looming in the next year, relating to the various copyright license fees paid by digital music streaming services. Topics will include the upcoming Webcasting IV Copyright Royalty Board proceeding, the “problem” of pre-1972 sound recordings, and the recent attempts by some of the major music publishers to selectively withdraw their catalogs from the ASCAP and BMI repertories for certain digital music service licensees only.
More info here: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_MP21027