British songwriting body BASCA has weighed back in to the debate about SoundCloud, following news that PRS for Music is suing the streaming service for copyright infringement. “We acknowledge that streaming is a fantastic means of listening to and enjoying music but Soundcloud’s intransigence in refusing to be licensed through PRS for Music means their model financially damages our members,”

said CEO Vick Bain in a statement late last week that took aim at what BASCA and PRS see as abuse of safe-harbour legislation. “Platforms such as Soundcloud hide behind this legislation to deny responsibility for the amount of music that is illegally uploaded and shared on its site. But we know they are very much aware of how their platform is used.” Bain’s colleague, Michael Price, added his own thoughts: “I think a lot of people have missed SoundCloud’s evolution from a hosting service to a streaming service often driven by copyright material. The 175m unique visitors a month are definitely not there just for their friends’ bedroom demos.”

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