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Church Music Publishers Association Update

Church Music Publishers Association Update

by Reiff Lorenz, Lorenz Music

The Church Music Publishers Association held its annual convention in April this year. We discussed many regulatory issues and industry concerns. Fighting copyright infringement continues to be the top priority of the CMPA. We have made significant progress in recent years. Here are some examples of the discussions and initiatives that CMPA champions:

  • YouTube now licenses the songs in their videos and is implementing automated song identification to find user-embedded uses of copyrighted material.
  • Facebook is a big concern. Copyright infringement is rampant on that site, mostly because their privacy settings don’t allow song owners to search the service for infringing uses. This makes it impossible for publishers to send the take-down notices that are required by copyright law. The only positive aspect of this system is that the same privacy settings restrict the number of users who can access the infringing material.
  • CMPA lends its support to other music-industry groups, like the Music Publishers Association (MPA), National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), and the Music Industry Policy Group, and the Washington Music Industry Group. The CMPA leverages their considerable resources and they get to use the CMPA name to demonstrate their policies have support from the grass-roots church musicians.
  • The major performing-rights organizations (PROs) attended the CMPA convention, and presented the state-of-the-industry from their perspective. With the proliferation of licensing agencies in recent years (from ~5 to 300+ over the last 15 years!) there is a lot to keep track of. Most notably this year was the sale of CCLI to SESAC, and then the sale of SESAC to private-equity group Blackstone.
  • Through our sister-organization, the CMPA Action Fund, we continue to address legislative issues and lobby in Washington, DC. We were a co-signer of a petition to the Trump administration to strengthen copyrights. We weighed when the new Librarian of Congress was appointed. We are petitioning for fair compensation from music streaming services, such as Pandora. We lent our support for an overhaul of the legally-mandated price controls on licensing recorded music. We argued that the highly-profitable “non-commercial” radio stations should pay a reasonable rate for the music they use.

The Difficulties of Regulating Print Music Access on the Internet

by Danielle Ely The National Music Publishers’ Association (“NMPA”) works to protect, promote, and advance the interests of the 500 major and independent music publishers it represents. NMPA runs an antipiracy program focused on ensuring that websites, mobile apps, and other platforms using music content are properly licensed. A major component of the antipiracy program… Continue Reading

The Intricacies, Quirks & Practicalities of Copyrights – Convention Session Highlight

by Ted Piechocinski I’m extremely excited to be coming back to an RPMDA convention.  During my time in publishing (now about 16 years ago), when I headed the print publishing operations of Cherry Lane Music, I had the pleasure of attending several conventions, including Albuquerque, St. Louis, and Vancouver, BC, among others, and always cherished those… Continue Reading

Update from the Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA)

By Reiff Lorenz, Lorenz Corporation The CMPA is dedicated to protecting copyrights and educating publishers on events and trends in the industry. This year brought many changes in the political climate for copyrights, so CMPA has been working hard to retain copyright protection for composers, publishers, and the music industry. Specifically, CMPA is investigating the… Continue Reading

MPA Internet Update and a Paradigm Change

by Lauren Keiser, Kieser-Southern Music Co. UPDATE: The MPA/USA, in coordination with the NMPA, has eliminated 27,643 illegal URL postings and shut down 186 pirate sites since the ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers) started their Anti-Theft program three years ago.  The MPA/UK is handling Europe and MPAJ (Japan) is handling the Pacific Rim in… Continue Reading

Internet Theft

by Lauren Keiser Vice Chairman, International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) Past President, Music Publishers Association of the USA Chairman, ICMP Anti-Theft Committee MPA Almost ten years ago, while I was president of the Music Publishers Association of the United States (MPA/USA), we started shutting down illegal guitar tab Web sites. These sites were decimating… Continue Reading