Tag: digital royalties

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Now Tidal and Slacker face US class-action royalties lawsuits

The two class-action songwriter lawsuits against Spotify over US mechanical royalties filed by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick continue, but as predicted, the net is widening to other streaming services in the US. Tidal...
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David Lowery Spotify takedowns spark new disagreement

US Spotify users can’t stream music by David Lowery’s two bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, after the service removed them as part of its legal dispute with the musician over publishing royalties. However, the...
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MMF boss calls for UMG to match Sony/WMG windfall promises

The new chief executive of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) is ruffling some feathers from the start: by demanding that Universal Music match rivals Sony Music and Warner Music’s promises to share any windfalls from a Spotify...
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Recording Academy boss Portnow criticises streaming at Grammys

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow took aim at “business practices that don’t pay music creators fairly” in his speech at the Grammy Awards last night. “When you stream a song, all the people that created...
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Spotify seeks to strike David Lowery class-action lawsuit

Spotify has struck back in the class-action lawsuit launched by musician David Lowery. The streaming service has filed a motion to strike the class allegations claiming the case is “a fatally flawed candidate for class...
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Katy Perry partners with Spotify to woo artists pre-Grammys

Katy Perry is fronting an event called ‘An Evening to Celebrate the Creators’ this weekend, co-hosted by Sia, Missy Elliott and Greg Kurstin. The sponsor: Spotify, as its latest effort to win artists round to the benefits...
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Labels will share Spotify windfall with artists – but how?

Sony and Warner have both confirmed this month that if and when Spotify goes public, they will share the rewards from their equity stakes in the company with artists. Indie licensing agency Merlin had previously said the...
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Sammy Andrews: ‘The future of our industry is our artists’

Former Cooking Vinyl digital marketer Sammy Andrews has become a familiar face at music-industry conferences over the past year. Her keynote speech at this week's FastForward conference in Amsterdam wrapped up several of...
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WMG and Sony to share Spotify windfall with artists

The long-sensitive question about what major labels would do with any windfall from a Spotify IPO has emerged again, with the labels scrambling to stress that they would share any profits with artists. It’s a rerun of...
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Electric Jukebox delays US launch citing Spotify songwriter lawsuits

TV-based music-streaming service Electric Jukebox is ditching its plans to launch in the US for now, citing uncertainty around mechanical royalties due to songwriters. The UK-based company told Music Ally that the two...
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Spotify attracts second songwriter lawsuit – for $200m

Spotify’s 2015 ended unhappily for the streaming service with a $150m class-action lawsuit from musician David Lowery. Now, as predicted, 2016 is continuing in similar vein with a separate $200m action led by another...
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The key questions about Spotify’s publishing royalties problem

Forget the Beatles: Spotify’s 2015 ended with a troubling bum note for the streaming service – musician David Lowery’s $150m class-action lawsuit against the company over its approach to publishing royalties, with the...