Monday, April 21, 2014
Advertisement:
What is RSS/XML?
Subscribe to FMQB News.

WMG Settles Digital Royalties Lawsuit
January 3, 2014

Warner Music Group has settled a class action lawsuit over unpaid royalties for ringtones and digital downloads. The Wrap reports that WMG will pay out $11.5 million in the settlement, for past damages as well as future royalty rates for the parties involved in the suit.

The musicians who filed the suit claimed that Warner Music had classified its payments as sales instead of licenses, shorting them in royalty payments by using a lower rate.

WMG agreed to a settlement, while still denying the original charges, because the company believes there was no evidence of wrongdoing. The Wrap notes that WMG had argued that when a download is purchased, it is the same type of purchase as buying a physical copy of a song. However, the plaintiffs argued that due to DRM in the digital files, WMG retains ownership of the original material and is creating a new license every time someone legally downloads their music.

In the settlement, WMG noted there is no precedent to support the case, but it would rather settle now than enter into what could be years of litigation. However, Eminem notably won a similar suit in 2010 against Universal Music Group, where the court ruled digital downloads were licenses.




 
Breaking News
Major Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Songs
April 17, 2014
Report: Two-Thirds See Radio As Local
L & L And Alpha Merge As Alpha Media
In Brief - April 17, 2014
FMQB FYI... Links You Should Know About
April 16, 2014
BIA/Kelsey Says "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived"
In Brief - April 16, 2014
April 15, 2014
Alan Chartrand Named Market President For CCM+E-Boston
CBS Radio New York SVP Market Manager Don Bouloukos To Retire
In Brief - April 15, 2014
April 14, 2014
CCM+E Research Report: The Power of Personality
In Brief - April 14, 2014
April 11, 2014
The Week In Review: 4/7-4/11
eQB NOW
Major Labels Sue Megaupload
In Brief - April 11, 2014
FMQB FYI... Links You Should Know About
April 10, 2014
BIA/Kelsey Predicts Continued Mobile Growth
Radio Disney & Dees Entertainment Announce Partnership
In Brief - April 10, 2014
April 9, 2014
Report: Apple Considering Retooling iTunes
In Brief - April 9, 2014
April 8, 2014
Music News
Prince And Warner Bros. Records Unveil New Partnership
Grohl & Novoselic Talk Nirvana's Hall Of Fame Night
Quick Hits: Coldplay, Forbes' wealthiest rappers, American Idol, Beck, The Whigs
AC/DC Will "Continue To Make Music"
Frozen Soundtrack Still Rock Solid In Sales
Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Jay Z & Beyonce, Made In America festival, Paul McCartney, The Who, Golden Gods Awards
Is AC/DC Really Retiring?
Quick Hits: Nirvana, Imagine Dragons, 2 Chainz, Muse, The Rolling Stones
Coachella Boasts Star-Studded Cameos In Weekend One
Quick Hits: Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Smashing Pumpkins, Janelle MonŠe & Kimbra
The Week In Review: 4/7-4/11
Nirvana, KISS & More Enter Rock Hall Of Fame
Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo To Stream Live Performances
Quick Hits: Capital Cities, Billboard Music Awards, Drake
Linkin Park Ready To Rock With The Hunting Party
FMQB NOW

Nick Petropoulos
Glassnote Entertainment
Group

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!