Did Ed Sheeran Infringe Copyright? The Debate Continues

The End of a Legal Battle

After a prolonged legal battle, the estate of Ed Townsend, co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s Get It On," has formally ended their court battle with Ed Sheeran over their claims that Sheeran’s "Thinking Out Loud" copied the iconic 1970s R&B song. 

The Music Industry's Looming Royalty Debate: Who Should Get Paid?

Earlier this week, Tim Ingham at Music Business Worldwide published an insightful analysis on emerging tensions in how the distribution of streaming royalties might change. Specifically, Tim examined proposals by a major music corporation and a well-known streaming service to implement an "artist-centric" royalty model that appears to take inspiration from approaches used by platforms like those popular for video sharing, social networking, and microblogging.

Streaming Scandals and Spotify: Unveiling the Underbelly of Music's Digital Revolution

You might have heard whispers about streaming fraud lurking in the corners of the music business. It seems to be a pesky game of hide and seek that platforms like Spotify are grappling with.

The Question of AI Authorship: Can Machines Be Creators?

The recent court ruling against AI copyright protection upheld the established requirement of human authorship under current law, but broader questions remain as AI creativity advances. Determining appropriate rights and protections for increasingly autonomous machine-generated works poses complex challenges ahead.

Google's New AI Detection Tool SynthID and What It Means for Creative Fields

Google's DeepMind created an AI tool, SynthID, that detects images made by AI. This has big implications as detection spreads to music, writing, and beyond. How will creative fields adapt?

Why a BMI Sale to Private Equity Could Be a Good Thing for Songwriters

Yesterday, I wrote a post exploring the potential downsides for songwriters of a BMI sale to private equity. I laid out the legitimate concerns around declining royalty distributions and lack of transparency. However, after reflecting further, I decided to challenge myself to see if I could make a case for why the deal could potentially turn out alright for creators. As an industry observer aiming for nuanced perspective, in today's post I present some counterpoints arguing why a BMI sale may not be all bad for writers' incomes.