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Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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October 2006: "...Prior to the Max Dreyfus sale of Harms, Inc. to Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., Max Dreyfus formed a corporation in 1927 to contain principally the compositions of George and Ira Gershwin. In 1948 all the Gershwin works were assigned to the New world Music Corporation catalogue. New World Music corporation entered the Warner group of publishers through part ownership of its capitol stock by Harms, Inc. Advanced Music Corporation, a company formed in 1940 by Moe Gale to specialize in Latin-American music, acquired the catalogue of Ager, Yellen & Bornstein, Inc., a company in existence since 1922, which published most of the compositions of Milton Ager and jack Yellen, including the most famous "Happy Days Are Here Again."

Pepamar Music Corporation, whose name is a contraction of the first names of Peter Yarrow, Paul (Noel) Stookey and Mary Travers, was formed in 1962 to publish the works of these three writers and others associated with them.

In 1963 a young writer by the name of Bob Dylan, whose songs became associated with the changing times of the 1960's period, composing such songs as "Blowin' In The Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'," signed an exclusive writer agreement, with his copyrights assigned to the M. Witmark & sons catalogue.

In 1967 Harms, Inc., Remick Music Corporation, M. Witmark & Sons, Music Publishers Holding Corporation and Advanced Music Corporation were merged into Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc. Under the division name Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Music (which has since become Warner Bros. Music, a division of Warner Bros. Inc.), the following companies came into existence.

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Music, a division of Warner Bros. Seven Arts, Inc. controlled all the Standard Catalogues developed or acquired by the original firms of Harms, Inc., Remick Music Corporation.

W-7 Music Corp. was formed to contain all contemporary ASCAP copyrights acquired or developed from 1967 on.

Warner-Sevarts Publishing Corp was the newly formed BMI company.

Further name changes came when Kinney Services (now known as Warner Communications, Inc.) assumed ownership of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc.

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Music, a division of Warner Bros. Seven Arts, Inc. became Warner Bros Music, a division of Warner Bros. Inc. This was effective from December 15, 1969.

W-7 Music Corp. became WB Music Corp., effective from December 15, 1969.

Tamerlane Music, Inc., a BMI Company owned by Barry Devorzon and Billy Sherman, was acquired by Warner-Sevarts Publishing Corp. in 1969. The corporation was dissolved September 30, 1969, and the organization became known as Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. effective from December 17, 1969."

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2005: 'I tried to ask Warner Chappell, but the company didn’t return multiple calls over several days last week. I did get in touch with Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and he has a theory. This may just be “a dry run for a much broader campaign in New Year.” The target of that campaign? Web sites that publish music lyrics.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Time Warner Organization Oct 3, 2006
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Warner Music Group (WMG) Organization Oct 19, 2006
Cooperation (past or present) Michael Bolton Person Jan 1, 2007

Articles and Resources

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Dec 12, 2005 Pared lyrics

QUOTE: The Music Publishers’ Association has said it wants to crack down on lyrics sites. MPA President Lauren Keiser recently told the BBC that he wants to do more than just shut down those sites; he thinks that, if the people who run them were facing “some jail time, I think we’ll be a little more effective.”

Oct 03, 2004 When Big Law Firms Trip Over Their Own Clients

QUOTE: Like every firm of its size and stature, Weil Gotshal has an elaborate system to safeguard against client conflicts - that is, against representing clients who have or could have conflicting interests. To prevent such problems, it requires its lawyers to fill out "new matter" forms for new clients, explaining why they are hiring the firm and what people or companies may be a source of conflicts.

New York Times