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Welcome to BIEM

Welcome to BIEM

BIEM is the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works). Their members are composers, authors and publishers and their clients are record companies and other users of recorded music. They also license mechanical aspects of the downloading of music via the Internet.   Every time a CD, audio cassette or LP containing protected musical works is made, the producers require a license from the owner of the works and they must pay royalties for each copy they manufacture and sell. 

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UTube overtaken in Streaming

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UTube overtaken in Streaming

Digital Music Business | January, 4 2017 -  King No More: Apple Music and Spotify Overtake YouTube In Music Streaming.  Has Google grown overconfident on YouTube? Have Apple Music and Spotify finally dethroned the controversial king of music streaming? Trusted market monitor BuzzAngle released a new report, and it’s not pretty. For...

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Sony ATV / YouTube

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Sony ATV / YouTube

Musically | December, 22 2016 - Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier: ‘YouTube should have paid us bn’. With its 0m buyout of the Michael Jackson estate’s 50% stake in the company, 2016 has been a big year for Sony/ATV. It has also consolidated its position in the publishing market, with subscription streaming...

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AMCOS | Productivity Commission

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AMCOS | Productivity Commission

APRA/AMCOS | December 20, 2016 - Today the Productivity Commission released its final report into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements. The report is a blunt attack on Australia’s creative industries, unashamedly promoting the interests of those who exploit Australian content over those who create it. Link to PR

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Music Copyright Business Value

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Music Copyright Business Value

MBW  | December, 13  2016 - The global music copyright business is worth more than you think – and grew by nearly bn last year.[...] The regularly-cited answer to that question: bn. That’s the (approximate) figure the IFPI has placed on the recorded music business’s annual revenues for the past...

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YouTube Unclaimed Royalties

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YouTube Unclaimed Royalties

NMPA PR | December 8, 2016 - The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and YouTube have negotiated an agreement to distribute royalties for musical works used in videos on YouTube where ownership was previously unknown. As a result, millions of dollars in previously unclaimed non-performance royalties will be paid to publishers...

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