Tag: digital royalties
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...
August 12, 2015
SoundExchange passes $3bn payouts milestone
US rights agency SoundExchange has announced its latest milestone: $3bn of payouts to artists and labels since it went independent in 2003. The company cited “the explosive growth of the digital radio space and the crucial...
August 6, 2015
Beatport blames parent company for ‘trapped’ label payments
The increasingly-troubled move of EDM firm SFX from a public to a private company is having a knock-on effect on its Beatport subsidiary, not to mention the labels providing music to it. Beatport sent a letter to partners...
August 6, 2015
Even though it owns an FM station, Pandora can’t lower its royalties to BMI
Pandora had bought an FM radio station in South Dakota as a means to dive through royalty loopholes around terrestrial broadcasters and push down its online payment rates. This caused all manner of outrage in the US industry...
July 31, 2015
Pandora / Turtles litigation moves into free-speech territory
One of the challenges to Pandora this year has come from Flo and Eddie, two musicians from the Turtles fighting to get paid digital royalties for songs from before 1972. Now Pandora is pushing back, filing a motion with a...
January 5, 2015
Universal seeks to end digital royalties class action
Ever since the 2010 ruling in FBT Productions versus Aftermath – that regarded download income as a “licence” rather than a “sale” and paid through 50% to the artist instead of sales rates of 15% or lower – the...
August 8, 2014
Warner Bros faces $2m royalties lawsuit from James Taylor
James Taylor is suing Warner Bros Records over digital royalties.
September 17, 2012
Sony settles digital royalties lawsuit with Cheap Trick, Allman Brothers and others
One of the first lawsuits over digital royalties paid by major labels to artists has just been settled. Sony Music has agreed to pay just under $8m to artists including Cheap Trick, The Allman Brothers and the Youngbloods,...
March 9, 2012
Green light for UMG digital royalties class action lawsuit
Yesterday wasn't the best day for Universal Music Group in the US, as one class action lawsuit claiming it has underpaid digital royalties to artists got the go-ahead from a federal judge, while another new lawsuit was filed...
November 3, 2011
Judge reinstates Allman Bros digital royalties lawsuit
Eminem's former production company may have lost their recent case against UMG for a larger slice of digital royalties, but a similar lawsuit on behalf of the Allman Brothers Band against Sony Music has just been reinstated.
March 24, 2009
UMG prevails in Eminem digital royalties lawsuit
The lawsuit from Eminem's former production company against Universal Music Group over digital royalties has been resolved in UMG's favour, after a federal jury voted unanimously in favour of the label's case.
March 9, 2009
UMG general counsel: “I don’t know what ownership of a digital file means”
Quote of the week comes from Michael Ostroff, general counsel and executive VP of business and legal affairs at Universal Music Group, while on the stand during the Eminem-related digital royalties lawsuit
March 2, 2009