Tag: digital royalties

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Spotify responds to David Lowery criticism over unpaid royalties

Yesterday, we reported on musician David Lowery’s call for the New York attorney general to investigate Spotify over unpaid songwriter royalties, following its recent dispute with Victory Records. Now the company’s...
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U2 star Larry Mullen Jr calls for rise in streaming payouts

The latest artist speaking their mind on streaming income for musicians is Larry Mullen Jr of U2. “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service, and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more,” he said...
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Jimmy Iovine: freemium services are building their businesses on the back of artists

Just as its own three-month free trial comes to an end, Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine has spoken out about the general culture of free and the terrible damage it is, in his eyes, causing the music business. Speaking at...
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Songs Music CEO warns of ‘two-class’ system in publishing

Songs Music boss Matt Pincus has warned that if digital services adopt a ‘two-class’ system for paying large and small publishers, the songwriting industry as a whole will suffer. He cites the direct deals being offered...
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Paul McCartney’s manager: majors mulling fairer digital deals

Major labels have been asking managers whether they should be striking “more equitable digital deals” via external consulting groups, according to veteran manager Scott Rodger, who handles Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire...
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YouTube Red launches in US with row over creator payouts

Another day, another row about whether creators will get paid for use of their content during a free trial. This time, Taylor Swift isn’t involved: it’s YouTubers wondering whether they’ll get paid for views of their...
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Confusion over YouTube’s $2bn (or $1bn) of music payouts

Early this week, Kobalt announced an important new licensing deal for its AMRA collection society: a global agreement with YouTube covering more than 100 countries, excluding the US and Canada. It’s the latest coup for...
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Bandcamp defends indirect payments to musicians

Bandcamp has defended a change in its payment process that means fans’ money is no longer flowing directly to artists. Instead, they are going through the company, which has sparked some concern and criticism from artists...
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Pandora preparing $90m settlement over pre-1972 songs

Pandora may be close to settling one of its legal problems: the question of royalties for songs recorded before 1972. The New York Post claimed yesterday that Pandora is preparing a $90m settlement with rightsholders:...
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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...