Category Archives: NEWS

AARC Welcomes Emma Curry!

We are happy to welcome Emma Curry to our team! 

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Emma will serve as a Royalty Account Manager, working with our artist and copyright owner participants.

Emma is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Mass Communication and has a background in radio.

Japanese and Spanish Indie Data Request (due 11/18)

Indie Members-

This is to notify you that we are currently collecting data from our Indie participants regarding their distribution of music in Japan and Spain.  This data is required to claim private copying royalties for our Indie participants.  Please submit data to us by 11/18/16 if you wish to collect in these territories.

Thank You,
AARC

AARC Welcomes Evan Schefstad!

We are happy to welcome Evan Schefstad to our team!

Evan will serve as AARC’s Junior Royalty Administrator, assisting our artists and copyright owners with participant related inquiries, registration, repertoire, and royalty distributions.

Evan is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in Music. Evan is also a talented violinist.

Dutch Indie Data Request (due 5/27)

Indie Members,

This is to notify you that we are currently collecting data from our Indie members regarding their distribution of music in The Netherlands. This data is required to claim Dutch private copying royalties for our Indie members.  Please visit http://www.aarcroyalties.com/dutch-indie-data to learn more and to submit data to us no later than May 27, 2016.

*This data was due on 5/27 and we are no longer accepting submissions

 

2015 Royalty Distribution

AARC’s 2015 Royalty Distribution is currently being processed.  Electronic Deposits and e-statements will be sent the third week of December, with paper checks being mailed the 4th week of December.

Existing members can still enroll in electronic deposit by Tuesday 12/8 for this distribution.

Please note: We are unable to tell you the exact date you will receive your royalty and are unable to provide royalty amounts at this time.  Royalty amounts are calculated the day prior to sending payments.

Helpful links to assist you with this year’s distribution:
Enroll in electronic deposit
Request copy of royalty statement
Update contact and/or payee information

Japanese and Spanish Indie Data Request (due 11/20)

Indie Members-

This is to notify you that we are currently collecting data from our Indie members regarding their distribution of music in Japan and Spain.  This data is required to claim private copying royalties for our Indie members.  Please submit data to us by 11/20/15 if you wish to collect in these territories.

We are no longer accepting sales data, this was due on 11/20/15.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thank You,
AARC

An Update on AARC’s Automobile Recorder Litigation

Dear Members and Friends:

AARC’s efforts to enforce the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) and collect the royalties our members are owed continue.  As you know, this July we filed a landmark suit against several automobile companies and electronic device manufacturers who refused to pay royalties or include required copy protection systems on their in-car music recorders, in violation of the AHRA.  Today, we expanded our enforcement efforts by filing an additional complaint against Chrysler and two Mitsubishi Electric companies regarding their “automobile-based digital audio recording devices,” which are music-recording hard drive systems available in Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Dodge cars and trucks.  These devices are covered by the AHRA, but the defendants have refused to pay royalties on them or include the required serial copy protections. 

We had hoped Chrysler and the Mitsubishi Electric companies would settle their liability and begin paying what they owe once they had an opportunity to study and assess the issues.  But it has now become painfully clear they have no intention of complying with the law.  While litigation is always a last resort, it is clear this lawsuit is the only way to protect our members’ rights.

 As I have said many times, the AHRA is fundamentally a tradeoff that provides legal certainty and tremendous economic opportunities to companies like Chrysler and Mitsubishi Electric in exchange for modest royalty payments and protection against serial copying.  Chrysler and Mitsubishi Electric have had all the benefits of this tradeoff, and AARC will not stand by while they refuse to hold up their end of the deal.  

 More background on the litigation and the AHRA is available here.

Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely,

Linda R. Bocchi, Esq.
Executive Director
Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies