IFPI Digital Music Report 2013 – Global digital sales and services grew by 9 percent in 2012 to $5.6 billion and drove the first year of music industry growth since 1999 (up 0.3% in 2012). According to the IFPI report, consumer satisfaction with licensed music services is high, with 77 per cent of users of licensed services rating them as excellent, very good or fairly good. (February 2013)
Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings -- Digital Music Broadcast Royalties:The Case for a Level Playing Field. Royalty rates play a crucial role in shaping the digital music broadcasting industry. If rates are too high, the ability of digital broadcasters to provide the public with access to music is impeded. If rates are too low, then recording artists do not receive a fair return on their endeavors. And if rates are inconsistent across different delivery mechanisms, then some business models are favored over others.
This new report by The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings reconfirms DiMA’s longstanding call for Internet Radio royalty fairness. (August 2012)
Pew Research Center: The Rise of e-Reading -- 21 percent of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them. (April 2012)
Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2011–2016 -- Mobile video traffic exceeded 50 percent for the first time in 2011, and average smartphone usage nearly tripled. Read this paper to learn of Cisco’s major global mobile data traffic projections and growth trends.
IFPI Digital Music Report 2012 -- Digital sales and services grew by 8 percent in 2011 to $5.2 billion, while the overall recorded music market which fell 3 percent to $16.2 billion dollars last year. The report also contains interesting data concerning the effectiveness of anti-piracy legislation in impeding infringement.
Pew Research Center: Tablet and E-Book Reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift Giving Period (Jan. 2012)
Copyright and Royalties
On April 11, 2012 DiMA, the RIAA and NMPA filed a proposed settlement for mechanical royalty rates and terms to the Copyright Royalty Board. Read more:
115 Settlement (pdf)
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on “The Performance Rights Act and Parity among Music Delivery Platforms” August 4, 2009 Testimony
Promoting Royalty Parity Among All Radio Technologies
Defending Against Songwriters' Efforts to Legislate "Double-Dip" Royalties
1995 Report on Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure Copyright law section. See page 70 for performance rights discussion.
Modernizing Music Licensing to Promote Innovative Business Models
17 U.S.C. 115 Copyright Law of the United States of America
Reducing Creative and Business Risk by Recognizing “Orphan Works” Exceptions to the Copyright Act
Competition and Network Neutrality
2009 Review Documentation