Copyright Collections Down In Japan

Copyright Collections Down In Japan
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers reported that its music copyright collections were down 3.1 percent to $1.2 billion for its fiscal year ending March 31, marking a second consecutive yearly decline. Mechanical royalty collections dropped 10 percent to $405.9 million, but performance rights royalties increased 0.6 percent to $585.2 million. Digital-based collections for mobile and Internet downloads and streaming services also increased 6.3 percent to $105.2 million, and full-song downloads jumped 18.2 percent to $57.1 million. (5/21)

Google Announces Simplify Media Acquisition
Google announced the acquisition of Simplify Media and that it will begin offering a desktop application based on technology acquired from the music streaming service, allowing users to stream music from their iTunes libraries directly to their mobile device via the Internet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Similar to the iTunes Store application for the iPhone and iPod touch, the software will be available for Google's Android smartphone with plans to develop an Android-dedicated music store, which would let users search and download songs directly to their phones. (5/21)

Rock Band Network Shows Early Success
Gaming developer Harmonix, a subsidiary of MTV Games, has reported that more than 9,000 users have registered for Rock Band Network's first free tier since its beta launch in January. Of those 9,000 users, approximately 700 have upgraded to the premium service, which costs $99 per year. "Rock Band" has licensed approximately 1,100 songs and has sold more than 70 million downloads from its Rock Band Network Music Store since launching in 2007. (5/21)

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