12 episodes

Nik Patel, David Lowery, and Chris Castle feature in this podcast where they discuss the current issues of artists' rights in the music industry.

Website: https://artistrightswatch.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistrightswatch
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtistRights?s=20

Terms of Use: https://artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/arw-podcast-terms-of-use-v-1-i-1.pdf

The Artist Rights Watch The Artist Rights Watch

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Nik Patel, David Lowery, and Chris Castle feature in this podcast where they discuss the current issues of artists' rights in the music industry.

Website: https://artistrightswatch.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistrightswatch
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtistRights?s=20

Terms of Use: https://artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/arw-podcast-terms-of-use-v-1-i-1.pdf

    S3E1 - CRB Unfreezing Mechanicals w/Kevin Casini

    S3E1 - CRB Unfreezing Mechanicals w/Kevin Casini

    On the this episode of the Artist Rights Watch, Nik, David, and Chris sit down to talk about the recent developments with the CRB and mechanicals with lawyer and advocate, Kevin Casini. The Copyright Royalty Board who herein will more than likely be referred to as the CRB, ‘is a US system of three copyright reality judges who determines rates and terms for copyright statutory licenses and make determinations on distribution of statutory license royalties collected by the US Copyright Office.’ The US mechanical royalties are determined by the CRB and they meet every 5 years to determine the rate. Songwriter groups argued for a higher rate, and the CRB agreed. On March 29, 2022 the CRB agreed to unfreeze the $0.091 mechanical royalty rate which would commence a fight for a new rate in the 2023-2027 period. Over the past few years, there has been numerous criticisms about the constant rule for freezing the mechanical royalty rate. The royalty rate currently is $0.091 which was set back in 2006, and frankly, songwriters are making less  money due to economic inflation.
     
    Below are some links about Kevin Casini:
    https://twitter.com/KCEsq
    https://kcesq.medium.com
     
    Selected Frozen Mechanicals Comments:
    Rosanne Cash
    Helienne Lindvall, David Lowery, Blake Morgan
    David Poe
    Abby North, Erin McAnally, Chelsea Crowell
    Kevin Casini
    NMPA, NSAI, Sony, Warner, Universal Comment with Copy of MOU4
     
    Below are some links for further reading:
    Copyright Royalty Board’s Rejection of NMPA, NSAI, Sony, Warner, Universal settlement
     
    https://completemusicupdate.com/article/us-copyright-royalty-board-rejects-proposal-to-keep-mechanical-royalty-on-discs-and-downloads-unchanged/
     
    https://variety.com/2022/music/news/copyright-royalty-board-crb-rate-1235219872/
     
    https://musictechpolicy.com
     
    https://www.crb.gov
     
    https://variety.com/2022/music/news/songwriters-win-copyright-royalty-board-mechanical-royalties-1235259518/
     
    https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/record-labels-and-publishers-ink-major-settlement-moving-from-9-1-cents-to-12-cents-per-track-for-us-mechanical-royalties-on-physical-sales1/
     
    Below are our social links and terms of use:
    Chris: http://www.christiancastle.com/chris-castle
    David: https://twitter.com/davidclowery?s=20
    https://www.instagram.com/davidclowery/
    Nik: https://www.instagram.com/nikpatelmusic/
    www.nikpatelmusic.com
     
    Website: https://artistrightswatch.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistrightswatch
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtistRights?s=20
     
    Terms of Use: https://artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/arw-podcast-terms-of-use-v-1-i-1.pdf
     
    Intro/Outro song: “All My Years” by Nik Patel

    • 1 hr 28 min
    S2E5 - The MLC w/Stephen Carlisle

    S2E5 - The MLC w/Stephen Carlisle

    On the this episode of the Artist Rights Watch, Nik and David sit down to talk about the MLC with Entertainment Lawyer, Stephen Carlisle. The MLC administers blanket mechanical licenses to eligible streaming and download services in the United States. The MLC will then collect the royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and pay songwriters, composers, lyricists, and music publishers. In the simplest terms, it acts like a performance rights organisation, but just administers mechanical licenses instead of public performance licenses. Streaming services are for the MLC because it possibly covers them from any potential lawsuits. If a songwriter doesn’t get paid, well, that songwriter didn’t sign up for the MLC which is why they didn’t get paid which means it’s their responsibility.. not the DSPs. Registering with the MLC has become a standard process for songwriters establishing their claim much like it is registering with a PRO.
     
    Below are some links for further reading on Stephen Carlisle:
    http://copyright.nova.edu
    http://copyright.nova.edu/mechanical-licensing-collective/     
     
    Below are our social links and terms of use:
    Chris: http://www.christiancastle.com/chris-castle
    David: https://twitter.com/davidclowery?s=20
    https://www.instagram.com/davidclowery/
    Nik: https://www.instagram.com/nikpatelmusic/
    www.nikpatelmusic.com
    Website: https://artistrightswatch.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistrightswatch
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtistRights?s=20
    Terms of Use: https://artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/arw-podcast-terms-of-use-v-1-i-1.pdf

    • 44 min
    S2E4 - Administration Agreements w/Abby North

    S2E4 - Administration Agreements w/Abby North

    This episode was a conversation spurred from our talk with Abby North on songwriting agreements. Abby North primarily works in the music publishing space as a publishing admin and so this podcast is about her experience in admin. This episode goes a little deeper than our previous episode on songwriting/publisher agreements so you may want to check that episode out first.
     
    Below are our social links and terms of use:
     
    Chris: http://www.christiancastle.com/chris-castle
    David: https://twitter.com/davidclowery?s=20
    https://www.instagram.com/davidclowery/
    Nik: https://www.instagram.com/nikpatelmusic/
    www.nikpatelmusic.com
    Website: https://artistrightswatch.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistrightswatch
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtistRights?s=20
    Terms of Use: https://artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/arw-podcast-terms-of-use-v-1-i-1.pdf
    Intro/Outro song: “All My Years” by Nik Patel

    • 45 min
    S2E3 - Songwriter Agreements w/Abby North

    S2E3 - Songwriter Agreements w/Abby North

    This week, Nik and David are going to continue the ARW publishing series with songwriting/publishing contracts. Whether you’re trying to write songs for major publishers or you’re just getting started, this episode will help you understand the content to look out for when being handed a songwriter contract. In a sense, songwriting contracts are the counterpart to record contracts. Record contracts tend to get more light shed upon them and are deals between the artist and the record label. Songwriting contracts are deals between songwriters and publishers. For songwriters, these deals may be advantageous as it alleviates most of the issues involving copyrights for a share in royalties. In addition, it allows the songwriter to focus on writing and not so much on the business end. There are typically 3 types of songwriter agreements. A single song agreement (TikTok deals are an example of this), an exclusive songwriter agreement (publisher owns 100% of the copyrights), and an exclusive co- publisher agreement (publisher and songwriter share copyrights). So what exactly are included songwriter agreements? What makes a good songwriter agreement? And what are the incentives for a publisher and a songwriter? That’s what this episode is all about! 
     
    Below are our social links and terms of use:
    Chris: http://www.christiancastle.com/chris-castle
    David: https://twitter.com/davidclowery?s=20
    https://www.instagram.com/davidclowery/
    Nik: https://www.instagram.com/nikpatelmusic/
    www.nikpatelmusic.com
    Website: https://artistrightswatch.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistrightswatch
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtistRights?s=20
    Terms of Use: https://artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/arw-podcast-terms-of-use-v-1-i-1.pdf
    Intro/Outro song: “All My Years” by Nik Patel

    • 47 min
    S2E2 - What is Music Publishing? w/David Barbe

    S2E2 - What is Music Publishing? w/David Barbe

    On the this episode of the Artist Rights Watch, Nik and David sit down to talk about the basics of music publishing with the University of Georgia Music Business Director, David Barbe. This episode start the ARW publishing series where we’ll have a couple episodes directed to songwriters and publishers. Music publishing is all about the publishers and the writers of the underlying composition. When you hear a record, you’re listening to the sound recording which is the artist. The words that you hear are known as the composition which is the songwriter. There are many differences between a songwriter/publisher and an artist/record label. From the way you license works, the way works are treated, and the usage of works. In this episode we will dive into the basics of publishing so that you have a good overall understanding for our publishing series.
     
    Below are some links about David Barbe:
    https://www.terry.uga.edu/directory/people/david-barbe
    https://news.uga.edu/the-show-must-go-on-2/
     
    Below are our social links and terms of use:
    Chris: http://www.christiancastle.com/chris-castle
    David: https://twitter.com/davidclowery?s=20
    https://www.instagram.com/davidclowery/
    Nik: https://www.instagram.com/nikpatelmusic/
    www.nikpatelmusic.com
     
    Website: https://artistrightswatch.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistrightswatch
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtistRights?s=20
    Terms of Use: https://artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/arw-podcast-terms-of-use-v-1-i-1.pdf
    Intro/Outro song: “All My Years” by Nik Patel

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S2E1 - Record Contracts w/Stephen Carlisle

    S2E1 - Record Contracts w/Stephen Carlisle

    On the first series 2 episode of the Artist Rights Watch, Nik and David sit down to talk about Record contracts with Entertainment Lawyer, Stephen Carlisle. Record contracts can be very daunting for a lot of artists and this episode is to help artists and anyone else understand the key clauses of a record contract. Often, record contracts touch on defining parties, term and ownership, territory, recording, grant of rights, royalties, mechanicals/controlled comps, publishing, video, tour support, release commitment/delivery, or if you’re in a band, you could have a “leaving member” clause. For the purpose of the podcast, we will just be discussing 3 key clauses, recording, royalties, and mechanicals/controlled compositions.
     
    Below are some links for further reading on Stephen Carlisle:
    http://copyright.nova.edu
     
    Below are our social links and terms of use:
    Chris: http://www.christiancastle.com/chris-castle
    David: https://twitter.com/davidclowery?s=20
    https://www.instagram.com/davidclowery/
    Nik: https://www.instagram.com/nikpatelmusic/
    www.nikpatelmusic.com
     
    Website: https://artistrightswatch.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistrightswatch
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtistRights?s=20
    Terms of Use: https://artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/arw-podcast-terms-of-use-v-1-i-1.pdf
    Intro/Outro song: "All My Years" by Nik Patel

    • 1 hr

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