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German collecting society GEMA held its annual general meeting last week, and used it to launch a manifesto of sorts.

It’s a list of 11 demands for “more fairness, transparency and sustainability in the music streaming market”, which you can read in full here.

Transparency is key to the document, with the call to “create a robust set of data for Germany and to demand more transparency in the streaming market, especially with a view to the allocation of revenues”.

The PRO is also calling for more transparency around “algorithms, curated playlists against payment, preferential treatment of presentations in exchange for royalties etc”.

GEMA also wants DSPs to improve the “cultural diversity” on their services (i.e. promote more niche genres and European music), while the document also takes aim at the ‘total buy-out contracts’ that have sparked controversy in Europe in recent times.

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Stuart Dredge

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