2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

The Digital Music Performance Royalty Apocalypse

In fifteen years, not a single music service has ever posted an annual (much less cumulative) profit. Is it possible, as content owners claim, that this is due solely to mismanagement by digital music services and their inability to devise a workable revenue model? Or is the rent just too damn high? Learn about the complex web of music licensing issues facing digital music services, the history of those services and recent developments threatening to drive digital music royalty costs even higher in 2014 and beyond. Gain insight into the problems created by the divergent business goals of musical content owners and digital music services, and possible solutions to those problems.



Paul Fakler


Arent Fox LLP

Paul M. Fakler helps clients in the fields of copyright, trademark, entertainment, and computer/Internet law with litigation and counseling needs, and has litigated numerous cutting-edge cases involving digital music and the intersection of copyright and the Internet. Paul counsels clients with respect to copyright, trademark, right of publicity, entertainment, computer, and Internet law issues in diverse industries including the music, motion picture, publishing, software development, and Internet industries. He routinely represents digital music services, as well as other Internet and software companies, in negotiations and disputes with record labels and other rights holders. Paul has significant experience in the area of copyright compulsory license rate-setting proceedings, including proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc., (BMI) rate courts. Paul also counsels and represents recording artists in royalty disputes adverse to record labels, including with respect to the rates payable for digital downloads, and also assists artists and other authors with respect to recapturing ownership of their copyrights pursuant to the transfer termination provisions of the Copyright Act. He publishes Title 17: The S(c)ite For Copyright Law, a blog devoted to copyright law news, analysis, and discussion.

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