27 Aug: We Now Return To The SoundCloud Soap Opera …

FACT: The Performing Rights Society for Music has taken legal action against (SoundCloud). In an email sent out to PRS members, the body explains that “after careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against SoundCloud.” PRS is responsible for collecting publishing royalties for musicians, for radio plays, public performances and more. Its issue with SoundCloud stems…

12 Aug: Musicians Sue Universal, Sony And Warner Over Streaming Payments

Music Business Worldwide: The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) claims that the majors signed a collective bargaining agreement in 1994, and further amendments over the next decade, in which it committed to paying AFM members 0.5% of all receipts from digital statutory and non-statutory music licenses – including audio streams, ‘non-permanent downloads’ and ringback tones – both in North America and abroad. The AFM’s Pension Fund has now filed a lawsuit in New York claiming…

11 Aug: Tape A Penny To A Card Of Condolence For Columbia House

The Verge: Columbia House offered you Incredible Deals™ when you signed up: you’d get a bunch of free albums for a penny, and in turn you promised to buy a set number of albums over the coming year. (To make things easy for you, Columbia House would automatically send you some albums unless you told them not to.) Mail-order convenience was big back then, and the idea of a subscription music service that came to…