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CMU Podcast: Spotify mechanicals, BBC pay, BBC music show

By | Published on Monday 24 July 2017


CMU’s Chris Cooke and guest presenter Becky Brook review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including the latest mechanical right lawsuits against Spotify in the US and what they reveal about the complexities of digital licensing, plus the BBC’s big pay reveal and its plan for a new prime-time music show. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week:

• Spotify faces two new mega-bucks lawsuits over US mechanicals
• BBC reveals pay-packets of top talent, fuelling gender pay gap debate
• BBC planning new prime-time music show

In brief:

• Warner acquires Songkick gig discovery business, but not the ticketing platform
• Believe boss plays down Sony acquisition reports
• Proposed new law aims to fix America’s pre-1972 copyright quirk
• Statutory music rights database proposed in US Congress