NBC Unwilling To Pay Music Publishing Fees For Jimmy Fallon Show
from the cheaping-out dept
NBC Universal may be concerned about the poor corn farmers who it claims are losing out due to piracy, but apparently the company isn’t that concerned about music publishers. The Licensing Plate points us to the news that NBC Universal refuses to pay any music publishing fees to allow the band The Roots to play anyone else’s music for the new Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. That means, the band has to write 200 new songs to play on the show. Obviously, this is NBC Universal’s choice, but the whole thing seems a bit questionable, given the number of NBC Universal execs we see moralizing about the importance of paying for content. Also, considering how we’ve seen collections societies tell others that it doesn’t matter if they promise to only play original works, will ASCAP and BMI charge NBC Universal anyway? Or does NBC Universal get special treatment from those collections societies?