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Music Industry Fights Over Ringtone Licensing

RCR News: The record labels, via the Recording Industry Association of America, are seeking to bypass the music publishers and songwriters in licensing and creating ringtones and have convinced the US Copyright Office to rule that “mastertones are subject to Section 115 of the Copyright Act, which grants rights to any would-be publisher who pays compulsory licensing rates established by the copyright office”.
The National Music Publishers’ Association, the Songwriters Guild of America and the Nashville Songwriters Association are amongst the opponents of the decision and are gearing up for a long legal battle.

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