Melissa Ferrick to Spotify: Why haven’t you paid us already?’
Artist Melissa Ferrick has been talking to Billboard about her class-action lawsuit against Spotify over mechanical licensing. “It’s not that I don’t think it’s a cool way to listen to music, they’re just not...
March 14, 2016
Settlement may be in sight for US publishing royalties row
Right up front, the caveat here is that the disputes around mechanical royalties payments from streaming services may defy an attempt to reach a settlement that makes all parties happy. So while the National Music Publishers...
March 8, 2016
David Lowery Spotify takedowns spark new disagreement
US Spotify users can’t stream music by David Lowery’s two bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, after the service removed them as part of its legal dispute with the musician over publishing royalties. However, the...
February 23, 2016
Spotify songwriter lawsuits: what, why and what happens next?
2016 was supposed to be the year when Spotify reached 100m active users, en route to an IPO. The former will happen soon while the latter may still be on the cards this year. But 2016 is now also the year when Spotify...
January 25, 2016
Songwriter Melissa Ferrick speaks out on Spotify lawsuit
US musician Melissa Ferrick is the frontperson for the second songwriter class-action lawsuit against Spotify – the $200m one, as opposed to David Lowery’s $150m one. She’s been speaking to Hypebot about the motivation...
January 13, 2016
The key questions about Spotify’s publishing royalties problem
Forget the Beatles: Spotify’s 2015 ended with a troubling bum note for the streaming service – musician David Lowery’s $150m class-action lawsuit against the company over its approach to publishing royalties, with the...
January 4, 2016
Victory Records back on Spotify as Apple seeks publishing role
“We’re back! Enjoy your favourite Victory Records’ artists on Spotify,” explained a tweet from the independent label earlier this week, heralding a resolution to its dispute with the streaming music service. “We...
November 12, 2015
ASCAP adds licensable share info to boost transparency
With companies like Kobalt hammering away at traditional collecting societies for not being transparent enough, it’s no wonder some are trying to meet the challenge head-on. ASCAP, for example, announced yesterday that...
November 11, 2015
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...
November 11, 2015
Pandora’s Sony/ATV deal could lead to ‘new flexibility’
Lots of chatter overnight about Pandora’s announcement of an “unprecedented” licensing deal with publisher Sony/ATV. Even if the precedent is a previous licensing deal with Sony/ATV in January 2013. Naturally, the...
November 8, 2015
Victory Records ups its ‘rhetoric’ on Spotify battle
Two weeks after having its catalogue removed from Spotify, Victory Records is upping the stakes in its dispute with the streaming service over unpaid royalties. Founder Tony Brummel has told staff that the row will lead...
November 3, 2015