Tag: digital royalties

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UK research on music creators’ digital earnings is out today

Earlier this week, the British government said that the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) would soon be publishing its report on music creator's earnings in the digital era. How soon? It's out this morning! To be...
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NMPA boss defends major publishers against Hipgnosis criticism

One of the most sensitive talking points at the UK's recent music-streaming economics inquiry was publishing royalties. Specifically whether publishing should get a bigger share of the streaming pie.
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Portishead test SoundCloud ‘fan-powered royalties’ with Abba cover

The guiding principle of user-centric royalties is that the winners don't take it all; that the money, money, money is shared out more fairly; that the name of the game is to pay more to artists as a thank you for the music...
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Aim publishes research on its ‘artist growth’ model

Last week, British independent music body Aim held an online panel about the 'artist growth' model that it's proposing as a way to increase streaming royalties for artists further down the earnings pyramid. Now it has made...
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MP Kevin Brennan offers more details on his streaming bill

We wrote last week about British politician Kevin Brennan’s presentation of a private member’s bill in the houses of parliament that will focus on music streaming and artists. We noted that because of the way the British...
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YouTube says its music payouts were $4bn in the last year

YouTube has paid out more than $4bn to the music industry in the last 12 months, according to its head of music Lyor Cohen. The new figure was the focus for a blog post published by Cohen this afternoon, in which he also...
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ECSA offers views on how to fix streaming for songwriters and composers

Covid-19 has been very bad news for songwriters and composers: this we know already from the figures (and warnings about future figures) published by collecting societies in various parts of the world. Now the European...
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Nile Rodgers on streaming: ‘We must have transparency’

Yesterday was the second day of hearings in the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into music streaming economics, and the star turn was Chic’s Nile Rodgers. “We don’t even know what a stream is worth…...
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Equitable remuneration takes centre stage at UK streaming economics inquiry

This morning saw the first two oral evidence sessions in the British Parliament's inquiry into the economics of music streaming, focusing on musicians and their advocates. Two words loomed large: equitable remuneration. It's...
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MMF chair sees ‘dangerous disconnect’ in streaming royalties

Tomorrow sees the first session in the UK Parliament's inquiry into music streaming economics. Ahead of that, the chair of managers body the MMF, Paul Craig, has outlined his hopes for the inquiry, as well as his concerns...
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US industry’s black box has ‘several hundred million dollars’

One of the first jobs for the new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) in the US, once it's properly up and running, will be to distribute 'black box' revenue. That's the royalties due to publishers and songwriters which...
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‘Profound disrespect’ – ECSA attacks Spotify’s Discovery Mode

The brickbats keep flying for Spotify over the recent announcement of its 'Discovery Mode' for boosting selected tracks in its radio and autoplay features, in return for a lower royalty rate. This time it's the European...