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Featured Artists Coalition criticises Sony Music over Spotify deal


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Last week, court papers from Sony Music’s court battle with 19 Entertainment over streaming deals revealed part of the major label’s defence against claims it willingly lessened artist income by accepting lower royalty rates in return for equity and advertising income.
The defence, which has been sparking debate ever since, was that Sony could “act on its own interests in a way that may incidentally lessen the other party’s anticipated fruits from the contract” including keeping revenues paid “on a general or label basis”.

Stuart Dredge

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