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2010 Latest Issues Update
2010 Latest Issues Update
L-R Texas Songwriters Association President Rick Busby, Chairman John Conyers and California Songwriters Association Board Members Dan Navarro and  Michele Vice-Maslin.
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NSAI Songwriters Visit Washington, D.C. in May
A delegation of 20 NSAI staff and writers joined friends from the California and Texas songwriter associations for a May 18-19 trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with Congressional legislators and staff members on a variety of songwriter-related issues.   read more...

NSAI Continues Focus On Music Piracy
NSAI Continues Focus On Music Piracy
Legislation to combat online music piracy has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.  The “Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” would give the U.S. Department of Justice the ability to shut down websites that feature pirated content.  Additionally the legislation would allow illegal sites outside of the U.S. to be blocked by Internet Service Providers.

Shown at an Aug. 31, 2010, music piracy discussion at Belmont University are (l-r) Big Kenny (with microphone), NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison (at lectern), Gov. Phil Bredesen, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
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NSAI Featured on Inside Music Row
NSAI Featured on Inside Music Row
Want to know what’s going on in the music industry and have chance to see cool behind-the-scene footage with some of the biggest artists? Then you need to see Inside Music Row. The TV program recently featured NSAI National Membership Director Sheree Spoltore, Board Members Anthony Smith and Clay Mills as well as Pro member/artist Billy Dean. Their segment offers advice for songwriters and gives a closer look at what NSAI does for its members and legislatively. What are you waiting for, click on the headline above to see the full show? Don’t forget to check your local listings to catch Inside Music Row each week.
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Visits Music Row Today (Monday, Aug. 30)
United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will visit Nashville TODAY (Monday, Aug. 30) to hear from the music industry about the impact of rampant music piracy.  Locke will conduct a Discussion Forum from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Maddox Grand Atrium at Belmont University's Curb Event Center (1900 Belmont Blvd).
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Tell NSAI How Piracy Has Impacted Your Earnings
Over recent weeks great attention has been focused on "Anti-Piracy" efforts in America -- specifically on illegal downloading.  The United States Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, will be seeking first-person stories from songwriters about how piracy has impacted their earnings. We ask that you hold that date in the event there is an opportunity for Secretary Locke to hear from songwriters. 
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NSAI Songwriters Visit Washington, D.C. In May 2010

Chris Wallin performs in the office of Rep. Lamar Smith (TX).
NSAI Songwriters Visit Washington, D.C. In May 2010
A delegation of 20 NSAI staff and writers joined friends from the California and Texas songwriter associations for a May 18-19, 2010, trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with Congressional legislators and staff members on a variety of songwriter-related issues. 


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Are Songwriters Prepared To Recapture Ownership?
Are Songwriters Prepared To Recapture Ownership?
American Songwriter magazine ran an article on Recapture (April 23, 2010), which featured NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison. 
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Bogus Copyright Infringement E-mail Circulating
Beware if you receive a copyright infringement email from the law firm Crosby & Higgins located in New York.  Though the firm is real, the email is bogus.  For more on this phishing attempt, go to http://www.snopes.com/fraud/phishing/crosby.asp.

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Deadline to Apply for Part of $280 Mechanical Royalty Settlemet is This Sunday
Unless you are certain someone has already filed for your portion of this settlement money, which covers the years 2000-2009, you MUST apply by Sunday, February 14th, to be eligible.  Those who do apply relinquish certain audit rights for songs covered by the settlement.  All pertinent information is available at www.nmpalatefeesettlement.com.  Many songwriters have asked how and when their respective music publishers will pay forward the songwriter-portion of this settlement.  Please read the following correspondence. read more...

Self-Published Songwriters: February 14 is the Deadline to Claim Your Share of $275 Million Mechanical Royalty Settlements
As a result of last year’s Copyright Royalty Board proceeding, the major record labels have identified more than $275 million in unpaid mechanical royalties owed to songwriters and music publishers.  Self-published songwriters who owned or administered works released by major labels between 2000 and 2008 may be entitled to receive compensation through the settlement of these Pending and Unmatched funds owed to the publishers by the major record labels. 
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Reminder: Feb. 14 is the Deadline to Claim Your Share of $275 Million Mechanical Royalty Settlements
Last year the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) was involved in a lengthy Copyright Royalty Board proceeding that resulted in late fees being imposed on record labels when songwriter/publisher royalties are not promptly paid forward.  The testimony of NSAI President Steve Bogard, songwriter-member Victoria Shaw and other songwriters helped result in this ruling. read more...

February 14 isthe Deadline to Claim Your Share Of $275 Million Mechanical Royalty Settlements
Last year NSAI was involved in a lengthy Copyright Royalty Board proceeding that resulted in late fees being imposed on record labels when songwriter/publisher royalties are not promptly paid forward.  The testimony of NSAI President Steve Bogard, songwriter-member Victoria Shaw and other songwriters helped result in this ruling. read more...