Tag: digital royalties

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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...
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Pandora preparing $90m settlement over pre-1972 songs

Pandora may be close to settling one of its legal problems: the question of royalties for songs recorded before 1972. The New York Post claimed yesterday that Pandora is preparing a $90m settlement with rightsholders:...
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Musician Blake Morgan attacks ‘the Kool-Aid narrative of Spotify’

Musician and activist Blake Morgan attended the MMF’s first meeting in New York and reported back to Music Technology Policy about what the burning issues were. He said between 40 and 50 managers were in attendance and...
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WIN comes out swinging for US single-rate collective licensing

Independent trade body WIN has weighed into the debate about whether the US system of collective licensing should allow different rates for different suppliers. Unsurprisingly, it’s against an idea that’s being seen...
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US industry set for webcasting-rates row (again)

It would be flippant (but still true) to wonder when there *isn’t* a row brewing over webcasting rates in the US. But this week there’s a new angle: fears over the potential for the Copyright Royalty Board to set different...
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More details emerge on ‘All About That Bass’ streaming payouts

Yesterday, we reported on the claim by ‘All About That Bass’ co-writer Kevin Kadish that the song’s 178m streams had earned him $5,679 – and we wondered what digital service those streams were on. Overnight, a spokesperson...
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Pandora hits $1.5bn of royalty payments and defends ‘free’ music

Streaming radio service Pandora has paid out around $500m in royalties in the last year, based on the company’s latest milestone. Having reached $1bn of total royalty payments in October 2014, yesterday the company confirmed...
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Sony/ATV boss warns songwriters of consent-decree changes

We’ve lost count of the different arguments around streaming licensing in the US in recent years, but this week a new one has blown up. It focuses on the US Department of Justice’s decision to consider a “100% licensing”...
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Debate over outlook for US musicians continues

We reported last week on the debate sparked by a feature in the New York Times by Steven Johnson painting a positive picture of the US creative economy – including musicians. After criticism from the Future of Music Coalition...
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Future of Music Coalition tackles NYT’s digital economy report

A New York Times feature by journalist Steven Johnson titled ‘The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t’ is ruffling a fair few feathers in the US, with its claims that the post-Napster era hasn’t been as bad for musicians...
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Sharky Laguana calls for silent protest over ‘Subscriber Share’

In 2015, we’re hearing more and more chatter about the way streaming royalties are calculated, with calls coming from a growing number of musicians and indie labels for Spotify and its rivals to consider an alternative...