SXSW 2014: Paul M. Fakler, Partner at Arent Fox LLP

Andrea Leonelli from Digital Music Trends interviews Paul M. Fakler from Arent Fox LLP

01:00 Let’s talk about your SXSW Session which was focused on the history of compulsory rates and rate courts.
04;24 Are rates unsustainable?
05:10 So publishers want their rates increased but master owners do not want theirs lowered, and in a context where service providers are mostly operating at a loss that makes for a tough situation right?
08:40 Paul explains how the rates ended up being so high for internet radio services.
10:04 Do you think that if the rates were lowered that would lead to a more sustainable ecosystem?
11:10 We talk about ASCAP and BMI’s rate courts, what are the latest developments?
16:00 Paul talks about selective withdrawal or rights by music publishers.
17:40 But Selective withdrawal is going to have a negative impact on smaller publishers right?
19:10 Are the big publishers ever going to be happy if they have to stay with ASCAP and BMI for their digital rights?
21:00 Paul talks about lobbying efforts to get the Consent Decree changed.
24:20 Paul covers the problem of pre-1972 sound recordings and the issues around pre-1972 recordings that have been registered as “remastered” works to grant them federal protection.

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