Discovery going way of Scripps?

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    I thought this would be of interest to you guys. The quote below was taken from an article about the Discovery Network (see link below). Discovery going the way of Scripps network?

    “The Discovery Channel is seeking to directly license music from composers via buyouts as it rewrites terms of contracts with production studios, according to industry sources close to the discussions. Discovery has informed composers and musicians that it will require composers and musicians to sign licensing contracts similar to those used by Scripps Networks Interactive, which it acquired last year, according to the same individuals.”

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    Michael Nickolas

    Thanks. That’s an important article to share.

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    Kery Michael

    There’s also this lovely article, it’s more of how Netflix doesn’t want to pay out for music. As well as how it hides its streaming numbers, so how it one supposed to calculate royalties when you don’t know how popular a show is?

    #33752 Reply

    Will ASCAP, BMI and other PRO’s help to fight this?

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    Kevin Pike

    I don’t know. I checked the BMI website and see nothing about it. Time to contact them.

    #33755 Reply

    It never stops amazing me how the big corporate monsters are always seeking cost savings from musicians, those who are always the last to be paid, and they also are the least paid when you compare compensation to actors, voice over talents, film directors, and film editors. Performance Royalties are all we have. Yes, absolutely everyone should join this group. Everyone should not only be contacting the PRO’s but really encourage the source: the libraries representing our music. They are the one’s enabling this by signing contracts where they direct license our tracks. And guess what? that revenue they collect in those deals is not shared with contributors to the library. Essentially Discovery, if they win this battle will get our music, the libraries supplying them will get their up front fee, we will earn $0. It’s already happening with ESPN, and SCRIPPS networks. Informing Congress is a good idea too. This industry needs to be regulated so there is some sort of payment to music producers. 5

    #33757 Reply

    I agree Music1234! Big business exists to make as much money as they can. That’s just the way it works!. We are easy targets. We need to fight back! Please contact music libraries, performing rights societies, our government anyone that’s relevant! I love making music and I want to be fairly compensated for it. I don’t think that’s too much to ask!

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    Important for all to sign up to this group: – supported and endorsed by the heavy weights as well (aka Bear McCready, HZ, John Powell, Gabriel Mann, Joel Beckerman, Miriam Cutler, David Vanacore et al…)

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    Bill Pearson


    YES!!! Please sign up. Discovery will have a huge impact not only on their channels, but on the rest of the industry. This is the first shot across the bow, and you can BET all the other networks are watching carefully.

    We won’t need PRO’s or MLR in the near future if this power play move for our money is successful. Our careers will go the way of blacksmiths and telegraph operators.

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