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Publishing Briefs: SOCAN Settles With CBC and Round Hill Acquires Piece of Scorpions Hits

SOCAN, Canada’s leading music rights organization, announced on March 21 that it had reached an exclusive reproduction (mechanical) rights settlement with the CBC. This will allow SOCAN clients to collect royalties when their music is used in CBC programming. CBC confirmed the same agreement will also be applied to CBC-owned ARTV which resolves on-going litigation for ARTV.

This settlement follows the Copyright Board’s $1.5 million ruling from 2020 which said that songwriters and publishers should be fairly compensated for their work when it is used in “post-synchronization copies” on all digital and broadcast platforms. (“Post-synchronization copies” refers to a broadcaster, like CBC, using copyright-protected music in original video content that is uploaded to a digital content management system so that the broadcaster can make copies for internal use.)

According to a company statement, SOCAN explains “video containing music is first received by a broadcaster as the original file. It is then copied as part of their broadcasting operations, to facilitate viewing on different digital or broadcast platforms, or for use in different regions.  The rightsholders are legally entitled to fair remuneration for any of these copies made by the broadcasters.”

This makes SOCAN the only music rights organization in the country to license and distribute post-synchronization copies and, so far, it will only be collecting these royalties from the CBC, ARTV, certain Quebec-based broadcasters and several English-speaking Bell and Corus channels. SOCAN notes in its press release that it will continue negotiations with other Canadian broadcasters that require the license.

The SOCAN/CBC deal covers 2012-2018 and extends to this year.

Round Hill Music has acquired the catalog of Herman Rarebell, best known as the drummer for the Scorpions. The deal includes Rarebell’s writer’s share of publishing, neighboring rights, and master royalty income.

As a co-writer on Scorpion’s hits like “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Make It Real,” “Dynamite”, “Blackout”, “Arizona”, “Bad Boys Running Wild”, “Don’t Stop at the Top” and “Tease Me Please Me,” the music rights holder now holds pieces of some of the most essential rock songs of its era.

Rarebell says of the Round Hill deal, “I feel I’m with the right company.”

Robin Godfrey-Cass, managing director of Round Hill’s London office adds its “an incredible honor,” to work with Rarebell.

Josh Gruss, the company’s founder and CEO adds, “The Scorpions are a truly legendary band with a catalogue of truly iconic music that helped define the heavy metal genre. Herman played a pivotal role in their success with writing credits on some of their most enduring songs and is a welcome addition to our roster of world class writers and performers.”

Reservoir has purchased rights to the catalog of film composer Henry Jackman.

He got his start working alongside Hans Zimmer, contributing to blockbusters like The Pirates of the Caribbean and Kung Fu Panda before moving up to being a primary composer for countless other hits, including Captain America, Wreck-It Ralph, and Jumanji.

The deal marks Reservoir’s latest move into the world of film music. Previously, the independent publisher has created a JV with Atlantic Screen Music, a film score and soundtrack production company, and with Jackman’s longtime friend and collaborator, Hans Zimmer.

Founder and CEO, Golnar Khosrowshahi, says of the deal, “Henry’s accomplishments truly speak for themselves. He has contributed fantastic music to a litany of blockbuster films and beyond. We are immensely proud to add his celebrated compositions to our growing film score catalog.”

Jackman adds, “Thanks to this unique and forward-looking collaboration with Reservoir, I am now able to focus exclusively on pursuing whichever projects I find most creatively inspiring. For this, I am exceptionally grateful.”

Muserk, an AI-powered music rights management company, has forged a partnership with Korean music rights society, KOMCA, to collect mechanical rights across all digital platforms in the U.S.

The KOMCA deal follows a string of other partnerships forged between Muserk and music rights societies across Asia over the last few years. Muserk has also joined forces with JASRAC, Japan’s largest music administration society, and COMPASS (Singapore), FILSCAP (Philippines), MCT (Thailand), MACP (Malaysia), VCPMC (Vietnam), WAMI (Indonesia), and IPRS (India) to collect mechanical rights across all digital platforms in the U.S.

“Muserk has proven its outstanding collection capabilities through a number of partnerships with major musical rights societies. Through this partnership, KOMCA expects stable collection of mechanical rights in the U.S. territory and hopes to strengthen a strategically cooperative relationship to protect Korean musical works as the royalty pools for digital exploitations increase every year,” says KOMCA chairman, Ga Yeoul Chu.

“We are thrilled to further extend our partnerships in the APAC region by working with KOMCA. All our Asian partners, including KOMCA, have been keen to protect and collect for their members’ rights the best way possible. Our success comes from word of mouth, so I am of course proud of the Muserk team and their track record of delivering on all parameters,” says Muserk CEO, Paul Goldman.

Concord Music Publishing has signed Norwegian songwriter/producer Fred Ball to a worldwide publishing deal. The hitmaker, who is now based in London, has made a name for himself, writing with artists like Rhianna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and more.

Previously signed to Warner Chappell and repped by Roc Nation, the “Love On the Brain” hitmaker says he is “delighted to be a part of Concord’s roster.” Citing Kim Frankiewicz, evp of worldwide a&r at Concord Music Publishing, as possessing a “brilliant” vision. “It’s a company with a genuine love for music.”

Frankiewicz adds, “he is an amazing songwriter/producer as well as being a wonderful human being.” Director of a&r, Tom Coulson-Smith, adds, “it is a privilege and a pleasure to be working with him.”

Third Side Music, a global independent music publisher, has extended its worldwide administration deal with Colin Stetson. Since he signed to the company over a decade ago, Stetson has become one of the most versatile composers, arrangers, and songwriters in the business, and his scoring can be found in films like Netflix’s new Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot, Hereditary, Mayday, National Geographic’s Barkskins, and more.

Though the deal is technically an administration agreement, Third Side Music will also provide hands-on help in creative, a&r, and sync as well.

A multi-faceted talent, Stetson is also renowned for his work as a saxophone and clarinet player and has played with artists like Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, TV On The Radio, Feist, Lou Reed, The Chemical Brothers, Animal Collective, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Mogwai, Cult of Luna, Beacon, and Mario Batkovic, among many others.

“Jeff Waye, and everyone at Third Side Music have been dear friends and family for over a decade now, and I could not imagine a more authentic, supportive, and hard-working group of people to entrust my career and body of music to. Looking forward to all to come,” said Stetson.

“I first saw Colin in a tiny bar over ten years ago absolutely shredding the edges of everything I thought possible in a solo performance. I had no idea what we’d be able to do for a solo horn player, but I knew TSM had to be involved in something that was musically exciting. Turns out there was quite a lot to be done! It’s been an amazing run, and super excited to keep building things alongside Colin, especially with his rise over the last few years as one of the most in-demand film composers,” said Jeff Waye, co-founder and COO of Third Side Music.