Tag: digital royalties

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Apple Music wants a lower rev-share for music-streaming

News that Spotify had negotiated a lower revenue-share licensing deal with Universal Music was clearly going to have a knock-on effect. Bloomberg’s report yesterday that Apple is aiming to follow suit in its own licensing...
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Royalty Exchange: music is ‘one of the most undervalued asset classes today’

Royalty Exchange was set up in 2011 to act as a broker/marketplace to connect owners of copyrights with private investors looking to buy a share of the future earnings of those copyrights. The company says the model is...
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STIM Spotify royalty payouts delayed after ‘unmatched tracks’ dispute

The relationship of Spotify and Swedish collecting society STIM has encountered a bump in the road, relating to the terms of their royalties agreement. "We have informed our rightsholders that the royalties from Spotify...
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Sacem breaks its royalty-distribution record with €1.2bn

French collecting society Sacem is the latest among its peers to announce more growth in 2016. The society saw its collections rise by 3.9% year-on-year to €1.37bn ($1.53bn), while its distributions rose by 1.9% to €1.21bn. Like...
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Sound Royalties on its $100m bet to unlock musicians’ income

One of the promises of digital technology was that it would not only speed up the consumption of music, it would also speed up royalty payments back to creators. The first part has very much happened; the second part –...
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Now Pandora is reportedly seeking better deal terms from labels

The exact details may not (yet) be public, but Spotify’s recent licensing deal with Universal Music Group is widely expected to include a lower royalty rate, in order to make the streaming service’s growth more sustainable. In...
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BMG boss targets major labels with artist royalties comments

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch has poured cold water over the streaming-fuelled revival for major labels, claiming that their margins will soon be coming under pressure as artists demand a greater share of streaming income. “I...
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Spotify UMG deal returns focus to potential IPO… and artist concerns

If you saw our story yesterday afternoon, you’ll know that Spotify has signed the first of its new licensing deals with major labels, Universal Music Group. The immediate talking point was Spotify’s confirmation that...
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Songwriters on the march as US royalties hearing kicks off

The issue of streaming royalties for songwriters has been almost constantly in the news over the past couple of years, but this week it’s really seizing the spotlight thanks to the start of a crucial court hearing to decide...
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AMRA signs ole partnership and talks Japan, PROs disruption

Kobalt-owned global digital collecting society AMRA has announced its latest deal: with independent music rights management company ole. The partnership will see AMRA licensing the performing and mechanical rights for...
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Spotify may persuade labels to reduce royalties share

The Financial Times ran an interesting feature yesterday on “how streaming saved the music industry”, but the part that made us sit up came fairly low down in the piece. “With the IPO looming, Spotify is trying to trim...
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Now BMI has fallen out with the RMLC over radio royalties

The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) ended 2016 in a dispute with Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) over the royalties paid by the 10,000 US radio stations that it represents. It’s now beginning 2017 with...