Why Bob Dylan may have sold his entire catalog of music

Dec 7, 2020
Under his estimated $300 million deal with Universal Music, royalties for his songs will go to the company.
Bob Dylan performs at the Grammy Awards in 2011.
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Satirist Tom Lehrer has put his songs into the public domain

Oct 21, 2020
Anyone's now free to record or perform the 92-year-old songwriter's parodies without owing royalties or consulting lawyers. And that's not a joke.
Tom Lehrer backstage at the Palace Theatre in London in 1959.
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Would you buy a cut of your favorite artists' royalties?

Dec 5, 2017
A new public company gives investors the chance to bet on a musician's continued success.
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Pandora's profits could depend on this obscure panel

Dec 14, 2015
The Copyright Royalty Board determines what streaming companies pay in royalties.

How do actors make money off residuals?

Oct 24, 2014
Lisa Kudrow still makes money off "Smelly Cat," and more about how actors get paid.

A musician on his 21-cent royalty check

Nov 15, 2012
Musician Damon Krukowski discusses the challenges of making a living in the era of Pandora.

'Eminem case' settles digital dispute

Nov 2, 2012
The end of a long-running battle between the rapper's producers and Universal Music could mean a payoff for lots of artists.

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Pandora seeks lower royalties for musicians

Aug 30, 2012
To boost profits, the music streaming service is pushing a bill in the House of Representatives that would cut payments to musicians. A coalition representing recording artists plans to fight back with an anti-Pandora PR campaign.