June 2018 – Update from the NRB MLC

Are New PRO(s) Coming Soon?

As we’ve been reporting, your committee has been keeping you up to date on our dealings and discussions with GMR, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. With the pace of change accelerating on the digital front, we may soon be dealing with SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) here in America.

SOCAN has recently announced its desire to become multi-territory and multi-right with a for-profit expansion into the United States. There are also murmurings of one or more European PROs considering an expansion into the United States with regard to certain music licensing rights.

We aren’t yet sure exactly how this may impact your licensing or music or our long-term dealings with our existing PROs, but rest assured that Your Committee will be monitoring developments closely and keeping you up to date.

BMI Update

After we delivered our May report to you about BMI, we have had some direct conversations with them in a mutual effort to gain clarification and address some of the concerns you have voiced to us. We are in the process of working with BMI to work through the concerns that have been raised. Stay tuned for more information about non-commercial streaming and A/V licensing in the months to come.

With summer upon us, I hope that you all have a chance to enjoy some down time, vacations, BBQs, and lazy days at the beach! We’ll be in touch again in July.

Sincerely,

Scott R. Hunter
Executive Director

4880 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 482-7290 • www.nrbmlc.com

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