Modernizing the Law: Why Our Digital Age Needed the New Music Modernization Act

By Stina Peterson, Esq. The music industry’s recording, publishing, and sheet music businesses have shared experience with the rapid development of technology and its impact on the industry—photocopiers and digitized sheet music have had an impact on the sheet music business, CDs and streaming have greatly impacted record and publishing companies. However, a trait not …

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RPMDA Copyright Session Summary

by Ted Piechoncinski, Indiana State University Copyright and its implications for the print music industry have been hot topics for the past several years, and Ted Piechoncinski led a lively discussion at our Atlanta convention about possible strategies for dealers and publishers in our industry to consider. The main ideas are as follows: FAQs: group …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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