April 8, 2009 |
Three-time Academy Award-winning songwriter Marilyn Bergman announced on Tuesday her resignation as president and chairman of the board of ASCAP, the firm that collects royalties on behalf of composers and copyright owners, to pursue other projects. Bergman, the first woman to be elected to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers board, will continue serving as a board member. During her 15-year tenure, Bergman helped lead ASCAP to several legislative victories, including the Supreme Court's decision in 2003 to uphold the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, which extended copyright protection to the life of the author plus 70 years.
September 29, 2010 |
In a ruling that has the potential to affect many websites that stream music, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said a lower court's method for calculating music royalties were flawed. The case involves a dispute over how much Yahoo and RealNetworks should have to pay the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in royalties for the ability to stream music on their websites. ASCAP collects performance royalties from radio stations and other businesses that play music on behalf of songwriters and then distributes the payments to the artists.
August 5, 1989
As a member of the creative community and as president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), I am deeply concerned about congressional actions that would bar federal funds to art deemed obscene, indecent or offensive. Government funding through the National Endowment for the Arts has worked--it has encouraged creativity. I had a first-hand view of this process when I served on the NEA music panel during its early years. Government dictation of standards for deciding which artworks are acceptable for public funding was unimaginable then, as it should be now. MORTON GOULD President, ASCAP New York
October 1, 1989
One point overlooked in the ASCAP/BMI licensing fees article is this: Radio stations traditionally receive "promo" copies of music to broadcast to the buying public. Radio does pay ASCAP/BMI but generally has not also had to pay for the privilege to present the music. Anyway, dance-exercise businesses and individuals are required to purchase both licensing fees and the records or cassettes or CDs. Isn't the dance-exercise student exposed to musical artists this way? Where's our promo copies?
December 5, 1992
As a contemporary composer and ASCAP member, I personally appreciate the exposure of new music that KUSC promotes. I am also a music educator, and I cannot applaud Grice enough for her championing of music education in schools. Many of my students have become avid listeners and lovers of classical music because of her. JOHN MICHAEL LUTHER, Long Beach
May 20, 1988 |
If you thought you heard "The Way It Is" a lot last year, ASCAP has this word: You're right. The song licensing organization, which tracks radio, television and jukebox play, has named Bruce Hornsby's first hit the most-performed song of 1987 (actually, the survey period is Oct. 1, 1986 to Sept. 30, 1987.