Attorney Derek C. Crownover Featured in Tennessean Article about Small Music Publishers

August 19, 2014
Dickinson Wright Attorney Derek C. Crownover recently published an article in the Tennessean entitled “Small music publishers face uphill battle”.

The article focused on the recent legal battle between music streaming service Pandora and performing rights organization ASCAP. ASCAP and the half-million songwriters it serves are fighting an uphill battle because the courts have ruled Pandora can license digital rights to ASCAP songs for just 1.85 percent of revenue. ASCAP argues that rate should be 2.5 to 3 percent.

Mr. Crownover writes that “with a catalog of a few hundred to a few thousand copyrights versus the tens of thousands owned and active across digital platforms by major publishers, smaller publishers and songwriters aren’t equipped to dole out blanket licenses for their material….Small publishers may never receive their full share of royalties and must struggle amid shrinking performance checks.”

To read the full article, please click here.
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