Tag: digital royalties

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T Bone Burnett: ‘Streaming is the future’

Veteran producer T Bone Burnett famously said in 2013 that the music industry “should go up there with pitchforks and torches” – ‘there’ being Silicon Valley, due to its approach to the creative industries. In 2015,...
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Beatport apologises for ‘inexcusable’ payment delays

Beatport has apologised for delayed payments to dance labels from its store and streaming service, promising that they’ll be made this week. SFX Entertainment chairman Robert Sillerman wasn’t weasling his words either....
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Latest artists/streaming row focuses on pension payments

We have to admit, we didn’t expect pensions to play a prominent role in the ongoing arguments about artists and streaming royalties. Yet the major labels are facing up to a lawsuit this week from the American Federation...
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SoundExchange passes $3bn payouts milestone

US rights agency SoundExchange has announced its latest milestone: $3bn of payouts to artists and labels since it went independent in 2003. The company cited “the explosive growth of the digital radio space and the crucial...
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Beatport blames parent company for ‘trapped’ label payments

The increasingly-troubled move of EDM firm SFX from a public to a private company is having a knock-on effect on its Beatport subsidiary, not to mention the labels providing music to it. Beatport sent a letter to partners...
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Even though it owns an FM station, Pandora can’t lower its royalties to BMI

Pandora had bought an FM radio station in South Dakota as a means to dive through royalty loopholes around terrestrial broadcasters and push down its online payment rates. This caused all manner of outrage in the US industry...
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Pandora / Turtles litigation moves into free-speech territory

One of the challenges to Pandora this year has come from Flo and Eddie, two musicians from the Turtles fighting to get paid digital royalties for songs from before 1972. Now Pandora is pushing back, filing a motion with a...
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Universal seeks to end digital royalties class action

Ever since the 2010 ruling in FBT Productions versus Aftermath – that regarded download income as a “licence” rather than a “sale” and paid through 50% to the artist instead of sales rates of 15% or lower – the...
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Warner Bros faces $2m royalties lawsuit from James Taylor

James Taylor is suing Warner Bros Records over digital royalties.
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Sony settles digital royalties lawsuit with Cheap Trick, Allman Brothers and others

One of the first lawsuits over digital royalties paid by major labels to artists has just been settled. Sony Music has agreed to pay just under $8m to artists including Cheap Trick, The Allman Brothers and the Youngbloods,...
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Green light for UMG digital royalties class action lawsuit

Yesterday wasn't the best day for Universal Music Group in the US, as one class action lawsuit claiming it has underpaid digital royalties to artists got the go-ahead from a federal judge, while another new lawsuit was filed...
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Judge reinstates Allman Bros digital royalties lawsuit

Eminem's former production company may have lost their recent case against UMG for a larger slice of digital royalties, but a similar lawsuit on behalf of the Allman Brothers Band against Sony Music has just been reinstated.