Tag: songwriters

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...