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'We hold the high ground' says Qualcomm boss as profits crater

Qualcomm is remaining optimistic despite another miserable financial quarter, worsened by the ongoing legal war with Apple. Speaking to analysts in a quarterly results conference call on Wednesday this week, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said the chip designer still thinks it will beat Apple in court if need be. (He earlier said Qualy …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2017
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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

Following the lead of the FTC, Apple has filed suit against Qualcomm alleging it was charging excessive patent royalty fees for cellphone technology. The Cupertino maker of AirPods says in a lawsuit [PDF] filed with the Southern California District Court on Friday that Qualcomm has for years been gouging it with excessive …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2017

Spotify to cough up royalties, just toss your copyright claims over there ... in the bin

Spotify says it has struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to pay out more royalties to songwriters. The music streaming service said in an announcement with the NMPA that it would begin paying out to artists who claimed music previously unclaimed by a performer or songwriter. "I am thrilled that …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Mar 2016
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Mechanical black hole: Microsoft settles music royalties sueball

Microsoft has quietly settled a lawsuit over unpaid music royalties with a drummer and his band’s music publisher. It’s a small but significant settlement: the pair are also suing Google, Deezer and Jay Z’s Tidal for the same reason, and the issue is also at the heart of two class action lawsuits against Spotify. All the …
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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Amazon is switching to a “pay-per-page” royalties model for self-published Kindle authors, a move likely to be welcomed by all readers with attention deficit disorder. From July 1 the amount an author earns will be determined by their share of total pages read, the company has said. It will affect self-published authors on the …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2015
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Pandora ordered to pay up extra royalties in BMI row

Pandora has lost a legal decision that will see the company fork out more money to performing rights clearing house group BMI to pay for its content. A court in New York found the streaming music giant to be liable for additional royalties, bumping the fees it owes to BMI up from 1.7 per cent to 2.5 per cent of revenues. The …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2015

Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

The UK's performing sights society PRS for Music recorded a slim profit of £1.4m last year on turnover of £73.9m. The society collects and distributes royalties for songwriters and music publishers from radio, physical venues and plays on the internet, as well as the “mechanical” – a small proportion from the sale of a sound …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Apr 2015
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Qualcomm prez says nowt about $1bn China fine rumours

CES 2015 China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) claims Qualcomm is overcharging and abusing its market position, something for which the US chip company may be fined $1bn. At the Qualcomm CES press conference, president Derek Aberle highlighted the dispute as “one of the highest priorities for our management team”. …
Simon Rockman, 6 Jan 2015
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Microsoft to Samsung: COUGH UP $6.9m in unpaid interest over Android PATENT SPAT

Microsoft is pursuing $6.9m in unpaid interest on smartphone royalty payments of more than $1bn from electronics giant Samsung, a freshly unsealed lawsuit revealed on Friday. The ugly spat comes after Redmond accused Sammy of violating a so-called arms length business contract between the two companies. Since then, Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 Oct 2014

YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

Google will nuke its bridges with independent record labels and pull their music videos from YouTube, the advertising giant has told its favourite newspaper – the Financial Times. The dispute is over royalty terms for Google's forthcoming and as-yet unannounced music-streaming service, believed to be a Spotify clone. Two …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2014

We're being royalty screwed! Pandora blames price rise on musos wanting money

Streaming music biz Pandora will raise the price of its One subscription service, blaming a jump in royalties it has to pay out to record labels. The company on Wednesday said that it will raise the cost of its online service from $3.99 per month to $4.99 for new users. Pandora said that current users will not be subject to …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2014

Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

The owner of Elite Systems Ltd finally broke his silence on Saturday after a number of British game developers for the 1980s 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer claimed that Steve Wilcox had failed to pay royalties owed to them. As The Register reported on Friday, Wilcox, 44, raised more than £60,000, via a Kickstarter campaign, …
Kelly Fiveash, 3 Feb 2014
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ZX Spectrum game devs allege Elite Systems Ltd didn't pay their royalties

A number of British developers who coded games in the 1980s for the 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer have been complaining about Elite Systems Ltd, alleging it had not made royalty payments due to them. The Lichfield, England-based outfit is run by Steve Wilcox, who describes himself as a producer for the firm, which - …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2014

SiriusXM sued for millions in 'unpaid' music royalties

Digital rights organisation SoundExchange has filed a lawsuit against satellite radio giant SiriusXM for what it termed "massive underpayment of royalties" from 2007 to 2012. The nonprofit group, which collects digital royalties on behalf of artists, said it believed that the satellite radio service provider – which had 25 …
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Musos blast US copyright bods: 'ARTISTS MAKE LOUSY SLAVES!'

The workings of the US Copyright Office rarely provoke a smile let alone a laugh, so brace yourself for this. The agency is shuffling some of its rules, thrown its doors open to the public for comment, and has been livened up by possibly the best submission ever made to any quango. The office is inviting responses to changes …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Dec 2012
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Pandora sues publishers over online music royalties

Internet radio station Pandora has gone to court to try and get a better royalty deal from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP.) ASCAP has over 435,000 members, ranging from the biggest music publishers to individual troubadours, and Pandora had a license with them from 2005 to 2010. But over a …
Iain Thomson, 7 Nov 2012
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Spotify's rising revenues gobbled by royalties blackhole

Streaming services face a brutal few months, but leader Spotify can at least point to solid revenue. Spotify UK, which was responsible for the bulk of the music company’s global business until last month, saw its revenues increase to £63.17m in 2010, up from £11.32m in 2009, the first year of its rollout. According to its …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2011
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Big Music trumpets ‘Cliff Richard’ term extension

There’s quiet satisfaction across large parts of the music industry as Europe formally extends the copyright term on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. The music business fought off a rearguard action from Pirate Party MEP Christian Engstrom – whose raging against the corruption of the European Parliament may have eased the …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2011

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