New Corporate Film Moods, Royalty Free Modern Rock Music and more on Productiontrax.com

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Corporate Film Moods
Royalty Free Modern Rock Music
Sci-Fi Sound Effects
Construction Stock Photography
Latest DJ Elements
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New Film Scores, Royalty Free African Music and moreon Productiontrax!

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Film Scores & Soundtracks
Royalty Free African Music
Weather Sound Effects
Downtown Cityscapes Stock Photography
Latest DJ Elements
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Licensing Previews is Absurd and Just Bad Business

In this article, Greg Sandoval writes about the “plight” of todays artist when it comes to digital music sales:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/17/tech/cnettechnews/main5318276.shtml

In my personal opinion, performing rights societies are starting to overstep their bounds, trying to get more from an outdated business model, instead of adapting to the new market. Let’s go through this one point at a time, shall we?

“Songwriters, composers, and music publishers are making preparations to one day collect performance fees from Apple and other e-tailers for not just traditional music downloads but for downloads of films and TV shows as well. Those downloads contain music after all. “

Collecting performance fees from retailers is absurd. They already pay the copyright administrators to carry and sell your product in their sales commission/revenue split. The fees for music included as part of films and TV shows are included in synchronization contracts, and are negotiated at that time. It is ridiculous to charge the vendor of your finished product for your manufacturing costs. That would be like the grocery store that sells Kraft cheese having to pay Kraft’s dairy farmers. That is Kraft’s job. iTunes should not have to pay John Williams every time Star Wars: Episode 47 is downloaded from their store — they pay Lucas Films, and Lucas Films should be responsible for paying John Williams.

“These groups even want compensation for iTunes’ 30-second song samples.”

Charging music retailers a public performance fee for previews is absurd. It would be like charging a store that sells CDs every time a customer picks up a CD off the shelf to see who is on it before they decide to buy it. Currently, 30-second previews are covered by standard digital download mechanical licenses, and are a necessary part of selling the music online. People won’t buy a song unless they know what they are buying — just like I won’t buy a pair of pants without trying them on first. Charging music services for this will undercut digital music distribution in general and is bad business for an already suffering retail music industry. Like another blogger wrote: …”according to ASCAP/BMI’s logic Macy’s should have to pay Ralph Lauren money for people to try on clothes in their store.”

“But these royalty-collection groups say they’re at the bottom of the music-sector food chain and aren’t trying to gouge anyone. They say their livelihoods are threatened and wonder why movie studios, big recording companies, TV networks, and online retailers are allowed to profit from their work but they aren’t. ”
“We make 9.1 cents off a song sale and that means a whole lot of pennies have to add up before it becomes a bunch of money,” said Rick Carnes, president of the Songwriters’ Guild of America. “Yesterday, I received a check for 2 cents. I’m not kidding. People think we’re making a fortune off the Web, but it’s a tiny amount. We need multiple revenue streams or this isn’t going to work.”

Articles like this make it sound like composers aren’t getting their fair share. And it is simply not true at all. Any composer who is good at what they do, and has successfully marketed their work, and intelligently structured their contracts, is making a living. And Rick Carnes?? Who has heard anything by Rick Carnes?? THAT is why he only got a check for 2 cents. HE HASN’T WRITTEN ANYTHING ANYONE LISTENS TO!!!! Look him up on ASCAP or BMI. So he’s written a few hundred tunes that no one has ever heard of. SO HAVE I. So have 95% of Americans in the shower. That doesn’t mean he deserves to pay his bills with his music. He simply has not met the demands of the music marketplace with his product. Sounds to me like he is asking for a bail out. Why don’t we try quoting a musician who is actually making music that is in demand by the public?

I agree with Potter’s position — songwriters ARE getting paid for their download — they are getting their mechanical fee, which is 9.1 cents per copy (which happens to be set by law), they are getting their sync license fee for video downloads (which is determined at contract negotiation).

“In 2005, ASCAP entered into a rate-court proceeding to set licensing fees for the music services of Yahoo, AOL, and RealNetworks. A U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York delivered a blow to composers and songwriters by ruling that downloading music from a Web store was not a music performance. On the other hand, the judge found that streaming music was subject to a performance fee.

“The songwriter gets a performance fee if the song is streamed without the video,” Carnes noted. “But if it is downloaded within an audio-visual work like a movie we don’t get a performance fee–same song, no money.”

Carnes is manipulating terms here, making it sound like the judge’s ruling was unfair. Songwriters don’t get performance fees from VHS or DVD sales either. No one complains about that! That’s because they get their mechanicals and sync fees, which they are (or should be) getting from downloads of those same movies. A download is a physical product sale, not a performance. Streaming is different than downloading. Streaming implies a real-time broadcast. In other words, if a download is a performance, then why am I still paying sales tax (tangible personal property tax) on a downloaded product? Artists have no right to collect a performance royalty for a product they are already being paid for. If the artists want more, they need to change the terms of the mechanical and sync payments. Change the mechanical fee to 15 cents a copy. Negotiate for better splits on sync rights. Don’t take it out on the consumer who has made you popular in the first place.

The moral of the story here is that ASCAP and BMI (and others), with all their good intentions to protect the intellectual property rights of their members, are now crossing the line and are further destroying the business of retail music, blaming it on technology, rather than embracing new media distribution channels. They are diminishing product availability, which hurts the two groups that ultimately pay the songwriters’ paychecks — the retailers and consumers.

New 60 Second Spots, Royalty Free Children’s Music and more on Productiontrax!

The Productiontrax.com team has assembled a list of the latest royalty free music, sound effects, stock footage, and photos uploaded to the Productiontrax.com library. Click Here to Visit Productiontrax..
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60 Second Spots for Advertising & Commercials
Royalty Free Children’s Music
Layers and Beds Sound Effects
Downtown Cityscapes Stock Photography
Latest DJ Elements
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New Dramatic Film Moods, Royalty Free Modern Rock and more on Productiontrax!

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Dramatic Film Moods
Royalty Free Modern Rock Music
Animal Sound Effects
Religious Stock Photography
Latest DJ Elements
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Productiontrax.com Expands Stock Footage Library with CrackerClips

Phoenix, Ariz. (PRWEB) September 2, 2009 – Productiontrax (www.productiontrax.com), a leader in royalty free music and media distribution, today announced the release Mullennix Media’s CrackerClips stock footage library. The library will provide Productiontrax customers with more than 2,000 superior quality HD stock footage clips.

The addition of the CrackerClips video footage will push Productiontrax’s stock footage library to more than 13,000 clips and helps the company expand its product offerings. “We’ve always focused our business model on royalty free music and sound effects, with the addition of the high quality library from CrackerClips, we are now able to offer our customers a huge selection of stock video footage, in addition to our music, sound effects and stock photo offerings”, says David Negron, founder and CEO of Productiontrax.

The CrackerClips stock footage library is available immediately on Productiontrax.com. All video clips are sold with a royalty free license that allows them to be used in film, commercials, video games, Youtube videos and other multimedia projects.

Productiontrax, (www.productiontrax.com), a leader in online distribution and licensing of royalty free music and sound effects, enables customers to license superior-quality royalty free music, sound effects, stock photos and stock video footage for use in film, television, and interactive media on an on-demand basis. As an innovator in online stock media, Productiontrax.com is the first site to allow creators of royalty free production music, sound effects, stock images and video to take an active role in licensing their work to the public. Productiontrax.com is dedicated to providing its customers with high-quality, yet affordable resources for multimedia productions. The music and images are 100% original, with new composers, new tracks and new images added everyday. Productiontrax.com is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a subsidiary of One Light Music Productions

CrackerClips is a stock video production company specializing in destination and concept based royalty-free stock footage. All of our clips are shot using professional quality, high definition video cameras. Use our clips in your next video project. Whether you are creating an advertisement, internet ad, movie or need a video for your blog or website CrackerClips can provide you with some cool HD footage. (www.crackerclips.com)

New Action & Adventure Film Moods, Royalty Free Hip-Hop Music and more on Productiontrax!

The Productiontrax.com team has assembled a list of the latest royalty free music, sound effects, stock footage, and photos uploaded to the Productiontrax.com library. Click Here to Visit Productiontrax..

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Action & Adventure Film Moods
Royalty Free Hip-Hop Music
Stock Cartoon Sound Effects
Seasons & Holidays Photography
Latest DJ Elements

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