Pro Music Rights (PMR), the Florida-based royalty assortment agency, hit headlines earlier this yr for suing “the entire music industry” over what it alleged was a possible “conspiracy to shut PMR out of the market and to fix prices at infracompetitive levels”.
What does the “entire music industry” on this context seem like? It’s principally each Stateside digital service supplier you may consider.
Here’s the (lengthy!) listing of defendants in PMR’s case:
In latest weeks, there’s been some attention-grabbing developments within the swimsuit.
On July 2, PMR and Napster proprietor Rhapsody jointly filed a notice at the US District Court in Connecticut, stating that the 2 events had agreed that PMR’s motion towards Rhapsody ought to be dismissed “with prejudice”.
On July 8, a near-identical submitting got here from iHeartMedia and PMR, adopted, on July 10, by one other submitting that indicated an agreed dismissal (once more, “with prejudice”) between PMR and UK-based 7Digital.
Most lately, on Monday (July 27), one other agreed dismissal (once more, “with prejudice”) was filed by the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), following the identical wording because the others. (You can learn every submitting by means of the related hyperlinks right here.)
As noted by Bloomberg Law, the very fact all of those dismissals have been made “with prejudice” is important, because it suggests that every social gathering has been settling out of court docket with PMR. (It additionally means the swimsuit can’t be refiled towards the defendants in every case.)
One noteworthy nugget: MBW has been digging round on the RMLC’s web site, and can see that – seemingly subsequent to this settlement – Pro Music Rights has been quietly added to the list of organizations that the body recognizes as ‘Music Licensing Organizations” in the Americas.
Parties still active as defendants in the lawsuit include Apple, Google/YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud.
In a separate lawsuit, the founder of Pro Music Rights, Jake Noch, is in an ongoing legal skirmish with Spotify.
Another of Noch’s companies, Florida-based unbiased music firm Sosa Entertainment LLC, sued Spotify towards the end of last year, claiming, amongst different issues, that Spotify has not paid Sosa full royalties related with over 550 million streams.
Spotify launched a countersuit in May, claiming that its fraud-monitoring staff discovered “unmistakable signs that the streams of Noch and Sosa’s content had been artificially inflated”.
In June, Sosa requested a federal Judge to dismiss Spotify’s countersuit, calling the streaming firm’s motion “procedurally defective” and “legally deficient”.Music Business Worldwide