A Faustian Bargain for PROs and Songwriters?

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I think the PRos should also

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 18, 2014 - 9:37am.

I think the PRos should also start handling mechanical royalties/streaming, etc. at least for independent artists starting out and not making enough money for HFA/Songfile membership to prevent having to switch publishing from ASCAP to places like CD Baby and TuneCore. Have it all under one roof in a more controlled environment (national and international collection).

Bundling rights is actually

Submitted by Casey on July 18, 2014 - 5:13pm.

Bundling rights is actually not a crazy idea, and it makes sense given that performing rights societies in Europe are able to offer this service to members. There are actually a few worthwhile ideas that could go with an examination of the existing consent decrees, including interim rates. But that said, it doesn't eliminate the reasons why consent decrees exist, nor does it change the fact that if the major publishers can remove catalog, it weakens PROs, fractures the marketplace and may frustrate songwriter compensation.

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