Daily Archives: December 20, 2017

Sound Royalties Statement on Appeals Court Licensing Ruling

Music-industry finance firm Sound Royalties is applauding the ruling of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, which will allow for the continued and rightful practice of fractional licensing.

The court ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal from earlier this year, and upheld a September 2016 ruling from the U.S. Southern District of New York, which determined that consent decrees don’t require full-works or 100 percent licensing and supported fractional licensing, which has been an industry standard practice for decades.

Sound Royalties, which continually advocates for the rights of songwriters and other music professionals, issued the following statement today in response to the news:

“This week’s ruling is an important step in the right direction for songwriters,” said Alex Heiche, the CEO and Founder of Sound Royalties. “Full-works or 100 percent licensing could have had serious, negative repercussions on songwriters, including driving down the purported value of their music and deterring the creative collaboration that generates the songs we all love. Just like every other owner of an asset, songwriters should have the right to decide if they want to license their works and at what price. If we want the creation of new music to continue, then we must ensure that the creators behind these songs are fairly compensated for their work.”



Statik Selektah: But You Don’t Hear Me Tho’ Feat. The Lox & Mtume Official Video

Statik Selektah’s “But You Don’t Hear Me Tho'” with The Lox is from his current album, 8. His young daughter is his co-star and The Lox appear for their verses. There are cameos from DJ Premier, Joey Bada$$, Westside Gunn, Lord Finesse and more.


Dave Chappelle: Equanimity Netflix Special Clip

Dave Chappelle’s third comedy special for Netflix is called Equanimity and will debut on New Year’s Eve. In this clip, he talks about the 2016 election and the misguided allegiance that poor white people had for Donald Trump.


R.I.P. Combat Jack

Podcaster and hip-hop historian Combat Jack died last night of colon cancer at age 48. Jack is known for his popular show that also has TV component. Jack who was born Reggie Ossé started working in the music business as a legal intern for Def Jam. As an attorney, he represented Roc Nation, Jay-Z, Ski Beatz and others. He wrote the book Bling about hip-hop’s obsession with jewelry and at one time was the managing editor of The Source. His Combat Jack podcast was known for his historical anecdotes about hip-hop and interviews with luminaries like of Chuck D, Rza and more. Jack announced his diagnosis in October via Twitter.