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RECORD CLUB MECHANICAL ROYALTY ISSUES

[April 16, 1999]

The Harry Fox Agency, with which Trowbridge Publishing is a Publisher Principal, announces that historically Record Clubs pay royalties at a rate equal to 75% of standard mechanicals, and that under the "Record Club Agreement" the record clubs are not required to obtain new or separate mechanical licenses for the songs they record and distribute. They fall back on the "original" licenses filed for the original recordings.

Harry Fox (NMPA) inform us that under this historical they have difficulties tracking, monitoring, and collecting royalties on record club releases. The databases are not designed to monitor such activity. Furthermore, in light of the recent court decision in Fred Ahlert v. Warner/Chappell Music, "it is advantageous for publishers to be able to demonstrate by the existence of express licenses different master uses authorized." [HFA, 03.22.99]


A NOTE ON INTERNET ROYALTIES ISSUES

The Harry Fox Agency recently solicited Publisher Principal signatures on its first ever Internet Mechanical Royalties contract. This agreement provides for The Harry Fox Agency to issue, collect, and administer mechanical licenses for Internet sites who download mp3, RA, or other binary format song and music files, for payment, to the public. As you all know, Fall 1998 saw the rise of two major illegal (bootlegging) mp3 download sites, with their subsequent lawsuits resulting in mechanical royalties now being paid on all label released works. Naturally, Trowbridge Publishing signed this Binary Format Agreement on the behalf of our fold of writers.


A NOTE ON INTERNET "Airplay" ROYALTIES

There is a new site online at mPulse.com, and they are tracking Internet "Airplay", e.g. songs downloaded in binary format and hits to sites and on songs. The tracking is performed per site, per artist, and per song. It's pretty cool, check them out. (McClure & Trowbridge Publishing is at #18 today, and George McClure is #2 on the Internet Country Charts. Jim Kraneveldt is at #10 on Internet Soundtrack Charts.) Trowbridge writers who have master-quality recordings released are registered and show in the charts!

Respectfully,
McClure & Trowbridge Publishing


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