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
ICE is nice for PRS, STIM and GEMA licensing hub
European collecting societies PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA have confirmed that the brand for their joint licensing and processing hub will be ICE, matching that of their copyright database. PRS is playing a big role in...
November 2, 2015
Kobalt boss goes after collecting societies with YouTube deal
Kobalt’s AMRA announced a new royalty collections deal with YouTube last week, and boss Willard Ahdritz is making no bones about having traditional collecting societies squarely in his sights. “We hear all of this...
November 2, 2015
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...
October 30, 2015
Hotline Bling tops first global LyricFind chart
Online lyrics firm LyricFind secured a coup this week, partnering with Billboard for a pair of new weekly charts tracking lyric searches through its syndication service. The LyricFind Global and LyricFind US charts will...
October 28, 2015
Jane Dyball brings UK publishing bodies under one umbrella
Restructuring is afoot in the world of British music publishing bodies, with Music Publishers Association (MPA) boss Jane Dyball now taking up a CEO role for fellow organisations MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL. Their general manager...
October 26, 2015
Spotify embroiled in publishing royalties row with Victory Records
Artists including La Roux, Joanna Newsom and James Blunt may be keeping the Spotify royalties rows bubbling, but the streaming service may have a bigger problem to deal with focused on publishing royalties. It all kicked...
October 21, 2015