David Lowery talks lawsuits, licensing and free streaming
“Maybe it was naive of us, but we thought we would solve this problem for everybody – and that services, investors in those services and even the entire music industry might welcome that solution…” David Lowery...
March 31, 2016
Recording Academy boss Portnow criticises streaming at Grammys
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow took aim at “business practices that don’t pay music creators fairly” in his speech at the Grammy Awards last night. “When you stream a song, all the people that created...
February 16, 2016
Spotify seeks to strike David Lowery class-action lawsuit
Spotify has struck back in the class-action lawsuit launched by musician David Lowery. The streaming service has filed a motion to strike the class allegations claiming the case is “a fatally flawed candidate for class...
February 16, 2016
Electric Jukebox delays US launch citing Spotify songwriter lawsuits
TV-based music-streaming service Electric Jukebox is ditching its plans to launch in the US for now, citing uncertainty around mechanical royalties due to songwriters. The UK-based company told Music Ally that the two...
February 3, 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
Apple’s new music app could boost Apple Music Connect
Apple has launched a brand new iOS app aimed at musicians and songwriters. It's called Music Memos. Available as a free download, the app is being pitched as a way for musicians to quickly record ideas – an alternative...
January 20, 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
Spotify attracts second songwriter lawsuit – for $200m
Spotify’s 2015 ended unhappily for the streaming service with a $150m class-action lawsuit from musician David Lowery. Now, as predicted, 2016 is continuing in similar vein with a separate $200m action led by another...
January 11, 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
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
David Lowery asks NY attorney general to investigate Spotify
Musician and artists’ rights campaigner David Lowery has written to the attorney general of New York calling for an investigation into unpaid songwriter royalties from streaming service Spotify. His move follows the company’s...
November 10, 2015