The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has published its annual collections report, outlining the royalties it collected for creators in 2015. The total was €8.6bn, up 8.9% year-on-year. CISAC’s figures include royalties for audiovisual works, drama, literature and the visual arts as well as music though: the latter category accounted for €7.5bn of the total, up 8.5% from 2014. CISAC also noted that its collections from digital services were up 21.4%, and now account for 7.2% of its total collections. The full report is worth a read: it’s the first time CISAC has brought in digital-music data from publishers and collecting societies in six countries: the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany and Sweden. Like other music bodies, CISAC is also banging the drum for reform of safe-harbour laws. Director general Gadi Oron criticised “legal loopholes and outdated laws which prevents our members from obtaining fair royalties from digital platforms in many countries” and called for regulators to help. “What we are witnessing is a transfer of value from those who create to those who disseminate; an unfair situation which requires urgent attention from governments and legislators.”

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