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?

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Anonymous Coward says:

“Obviously, this is NBC Universal’s choice, …” and obviously you have no story only a silly blog.

“…..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.” what you are talking about ? you’ve already acknowldged it’s NBC’s choice what on earth is questionable about the exercising choice ? that’s part of freedom – perhaps the Masnicks would like to impose some strict religious control.

john smith says:

This in itself is a great indicator of how much the general public is being bilked (cable costs) for pretty much zero content of almost entirely back to back reruns and ‘have-video-camera-will-make-tv-show’ content.
Fortunately, hdtv tuner/receiver willing, one can now get basic tv as well as broadcast radio all in hi-def for free.
Although I do plan on going fios when it’s available sans the home phone part. If I lived alone I would only buy an internet connect period.

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