Tag: digital royalties

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All eyes on Pandora for Wednesday royalty-rates ruling

This Wednesday, we’ll finally learn what rates the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) is setting for webcasting royalties for the next five years. It’s a decision that will have a massive impact on Pandora in particular:...
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Imogen Heap: blockchain tech is ‘really shaking things up in a good way’

Bitcoin and Blockchain have become music industry buzzwords over the past few months with many players hoping the two will transform the music industry’s payment system from what some deem chaotic and unfair to efficient...
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Mungo Jerry part of 100×30 Spotify royalties protest

In the summertime, when the royalties aren’t hot… Sorry, an obvious cheap shot in response to the news that 60s star Mungo Jerry is part of the latest campaign to protest about Spotify and streaming royalties. It’s...
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TuneCore sales and streams up 90% but payouts only up 6.1%

The music industry’s challenge in 2015 in a nutshell: more music is being consumed than ever before, but that growth in consumption isn’t yet matched by a similar growth in actual revenues. The latest figures from...
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Spotify responds to David Lowery criticism over unpaid royalties

Yesterday, we reported on musician David Lowery’s call for the New York attorney general to investigate Spotify over unpaid songwriter royalties, following its recent dispute with Victory Records. Now the company’s...
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U2 star Larry Mullen Jr calls for rise in streaming payouts

The latest artist speaking their mind on streaming income for musicians is Larry Mullen Jr of U2. “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service, and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more,” he said...
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Jimmy Iovine: freemium services are building their businesses on the back of artists

Just as its own three-month free trial comes to an end, Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine has spoken out about the general culture of free and the terrible damage it is, in his eyes, causing the music business. Speaking at...
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Songs Music CEO warns of ‘two-class’ system in publishing

Songs Music boss Matt Pincus has warned that if digital services adopt a ‘two-class’ system for paying large and small publishers, the songwriting industry as a whole will suffer. He cites the direct deals being offered...
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Paul McCartney’s manager: majors mulling fairer digital deals

Major labels have been asking managers whether they should be striking “more equitable digital deals” via external consulting groups, according to veteran manager Scott Rodger, who handles Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire...
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YouTube Red launches in US with row over creator payouts

Another day, another row about whether creators will get paid for use of their content during a free trial. This time, Taylor Swift isn’t involved: it’s YouTubers wondering whether they’ll get paid for views of their...
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Confusion over YouTube’s $2bn (or $1bn) of music payouts

Early this week, Kobalt announced an important new licensing deal for its AMRA collection society: a global agreement with YouTube covering more than 100 countries, excluding the US and Canada. It’s the latest coup for...
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Bandcamp defends indirect payments to musicians

Bandcamp has defended a change in its payment process that means fans’ money is no longer flowing directly to artists. Instead, they are going through the company, which has sparked some concern and criticism from artists...