Major labels talk user-centric payouts and equitable remuneration
Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music had their say at the UK’s streaming economics inquiry yesterday: if you missed it last night, here’s our report on their session. But yesterday the parliamentary committee...
February 24, 2021
IFPI’s SoundSys tackles performance rights revenue distribution
The IFPI has teamed up with music tech firm Bmat and four collecting societies in Asia to launch SoundSys, which it’s describing as “a complete, cost-effective back-office distribution system for revenue collected...
February 23, 2021
South Korean video services protest at increased music rates
A group of video streaming services in South Korea are protesting at plans to increase the royalties they pay for music used in the content on their platforms. The Korea Herald has the story, which explains that the Korea...
February 18, 2021
MLC reveals $424.4m of unmatched US streaming royalties
Last November, a filing from the newly-created Digital Licensee Coordinator (DLC) in the US – the body that interfaces with the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) on behalf of streaming services – revealed that there...
February 17, 2021
Spotify has now paid out more than €21bn to rightsholders
Spotify has filed its full report for 2020 with US regulator the SEC, and there are some interesting nuggets on the company’s business in there. For example: “Through December 31, 2020, we have paid more than...
February 8, 2021
CreateSafe makes a publishing simulator for streaming income
Last September, we wrote about startup CreateSafe’s launch of a ‘record deal simulator’, which let anyone plug in figures for advances, recording and marketing costs, as well as artist/label splits, to...
February 3, 2021
Tim Burgess calls for industry to ‘hit reset’ on streaming
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has a higher profile than ever thanks to his Tim’s Twitter Listening Party album tweetalongs during the Covid-19 pandemic. He’s also using that profile to become one of the key...
February 2, 2021
Midia warns of equitable remuneration’s ‘unintended consequences’
There are still several sessions to go in the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into music streaming’s economics, with Aim, Beggars Group and Jazz Re:freshed next in the hotseat on 4 February, and streaming services...
February 1, 2021
Music Venue Trust criticises PRS for Music’s livestream rate
The row over British collecting society PRS for Music’s new livestreams licence continues, with the Music Venue Trust weighing in with a statement offering strong criticism of the society’s approach. It refers...
February 1, 2021
YouTube tests ‘clipping’ feature with small number of channels
YouTube’s latest test of a new feature involves Twitch-like ‘clips’ from longer videos, although in this case the clipping will be done by viewers. “We’ve heard a lot of feedback from creators and...
January 29, 2021
French study offers new data on impact of user-centric payouts
One of the things that’s been clear in the debate about user-centric models for paying out streaming royalties – primer here if you need it – is that we need more studies based on recent data from big streaming...
January 28, 2021
Round Hill boss sceptical about major music firms’ priorities
Josh Gruss, CEO of Round Hill Music, was the keynote interviewee for NY:LON Connect’s publishing strand yesterday. He offered some views on the disparity in digital royalties between recordings and songs. “I think it...
January 27, 2021