SACEM Inks Deal With YouTube

SACEM Inks Deal With YouTube
French music creators and publishers collecting society SACEM has announced a licensing deal with YouTube in France, which will ensure SACEM composers and songwriters are compensated when their songs are played on YouTube in France, Luxembourg and Andorra. While terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the deal applies retroactively from YouTube's launch in France in 2007 until 2012. (9/30)

LoC Study Examines State Of U.S. Sound Preservation
Newer digital recordings of U.S. events and early radio shows are in danger of being lost much faster than older recordings on tape since digital sound files are susceptible to corruption and CD-R files have the potential to fade in three to five years, according to a new Library of Congress study. The study also found older U.S. recordings are not readily accessible to the public, estimating that approximately 14 percent of pre-1965 commercial recordings and approximately 10 percent of music recorded in the 1930s are publically accessible. The study highlighted potential solutions to improve U.S. archiving and preservation, including new training and college degree programs, legal reform and better coordination among preservationists to develop affordable techniques. LoC is currently working on a National Recording Preservation Plan, to be published later this year. (9/30)

Caillat, Costello, Hancock To Play Nobel Peace Prize Concert
GRAMMY-winning artists Colbie Caillat, Elvis Costello and Herbie Hancock are among the artists scheduled to play the 17th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 11, the day following the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. The concert will be hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington and will also feature a performance from British pop band Florence + The Machine. (9/30)

 

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