Tag: digital royalties

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Musician Blake Morgan attacks ‘the Kool-Aid narrative of Spotify’

Musician and activist Blake Morgan attended the MMF’s first meeting in New York and reported back to Music Technology Policy about what the burning issues were. He said between 40 and 50 managers were in attendance and...
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WIN comes out swinging for US single-rate collective licensing

Independent trade body WIN has weighed into the debate about whether the US system of collective licensing should allow different rates for different suppliers. Unsurprisingly, it’s against an idea that’s being seen...
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US industry set for webcasting-rates row (again)

It would be flippant (but still true) to wonder when there *isn’t* a row brewing over webcasting rates in the US. But this week there’s a new angle: fears over the potential for the Copyright Royalty Board to set different...
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More details emerge on ‘All About That Bass’ streaming payouts

Yesterday, we reported on the claim by ‘All About That Bass’ co-writer Kevin Kadish that the song’s 178m streams had earned him $5,679 – and we wondered what digital service those streams were on. Overnight, a spokesperson...
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Pandora hits $1.5bn of royalty payments and defends ‘free’ music

Streaming radio service Pandora has paid out around $500m in royalties in the last year, based on the company’s latest milestone. Having reached $1bn of total royalty payments in October 2014, yesterday the company confirmed...
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Sony/ATV boss warns songwriters of consent-decree changes

We’ve lost count of the different arguments around streaming licensing in the US in recent years, but this week a new one has blown up. It focuses on the US Department of Justice’s decision to consider a “100% licensing”...
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Debate over outlook for US musicians continues

We reported last week on the debate sparked by a feature in the New York Times by Steven Johnson painting a positive picture of the US creative economy – including musicians. After criticism from the Future of Music Coalition...
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Future of Music Coalition tackles NYT’s digital economy report

A New York Times feature by journalist Steven Johnson titled ‘The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t’ is ruffling a fair few feathers in the US, with its claims that the post-Napster era hasn’t been as bad for musicians...
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Sharky Laguana calls for silent protest over ‘Subscriber Share’

In 2015, we’re hearing more and more chatter about the way streaming royalties are calculated, with calls coming from a growing number of musicians and indie labels for Spotify and its rivals to consider an alternative...
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T Bone Burnett: ‘Streaming is the future’

Veteran producer T Bone Burnett famously said in 2013 that the music industry “should go up there with pitchforks and torches” – ‘there’ being Silicon Valley, due to its approach to the creative industries. In 2015,...
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Beatport apologises for ‘inexcusable’ payment delays

Beatport has apologised for delayed payments to dance labels from its store and streaming service, promising that they’ll be made this week. SFX Entertainment chairman Robert Sillerman wasn’t weasling his words either....
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Latest artists/streaming row focuses on pension payments

We have to admit, we didn’t expect pensions to play a prominent role in the ongoing arguments about artists and streaming royalties. Yet the major labels are facing up to a lawsuit this week from the American Federation...