Posts by Marco Foley

A full week of advocacy on behalf of music creators

Members of MCNA and our member organizations spent a a full week in New York recently to advocate for the rights and interests of songwriters and composers. This took place during A2IM’s Independent Music Week, the world’s largest independent music conference. The objective as always was to halt the mistreatment of music creators and authors…
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MCNA Meeting with BMG

Independent songwriter groups meet with BMG music publishing

Representatives of the independent American and global music creator communities led by the Songwriters Guild of America, the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and Music Creators North America met with BMG President Thomas Scherer and his team in Los Angeles last week to discuss mutual concerns regarding the future of the international music industry. The…
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MCNA Joins expert panel at Music Biz 2022 event

Music Creators North America was honored this week to join newly appointed Copyright Claims Board officer, Monica McCabe, and copyright expert and panel moderator, Amy Pruett, of the Wills Mullen law firm, on the Music Biz 2022 “CASE Small Claims Act” panel. Representing our organization at the event was MCNA vice president and president of…
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Mechanical royalties: Footnote to a historic achievement

Our international partner, the International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) has released a summary of the recent achievements regarding the US Copyright Royalty Board and mechanical royalties on physical and downloads. The text is reproduced below:   In this, the early May of 2022, songwriters, composers and music publishers have received some very welcome news,…
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Download the SCGC submission on AI and IoT music copyright frameworks

As discussions regarding technology in music continue, the position of music creators in this new copyright framework continue to be threatened. In 2021, the Government of Canada launched consultations on the implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) on Canadian copyright policy. MCNA member, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGA)…
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Tremendous victory for music creators as U.S. frozen mechanical rates are rejected

Music Creators North America is delighted and proud to report that the US Copyright Royalty Board has rejected the proposal by corporate giants in the record and music publishing industry (supported by a lone, outlier songwriter group) to freeze mechanical and download royalty rates. The judge’s conclusion included the following statement. … the Judges find…
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United States Trade Representative

Songwriter groups applaud progress in WTO trips waiver discussions

Music Creators North America, the Songwriters Guild of America, the National Music Council of the United States, the Society of Composers & Lyricists and the US Copyright Alliance are extremely gratified that their efforts to curb the illegitimate and groundless expansion during the global pandemic of fair use for copyrighted works in various foreign nations…
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