Arguments over US songwriter streaming royalties kick off again
The good news for Spotify is that something other than its Discovery Mode is causing a stink today. The bad news for Spotify is that the something is the ongoing battle over new streaming royalties for songwriters set in...
November 4, 2020
Covid-19 to ‘wipe out’ five years of songwriter royalties growth
Good morning! It's us again, bringing you a whopping serving of bad news. Well, there are positive things in global collecting societies body Cisac's latest annual report too, for last year, but the organisation makes it...
October 28, 2020
Ascap thanks Spotify for accelerated payments during Covid-19
Spotify has taken plenty of flak from songwriters over its history, and with its appeal against new royalty rates in the US still not settled, there’ll be more to come we’re sure. However, the streaming service will at...
October 6, 2020
Spotify adds video for ‘Written by’ songwriter playlists
In February this year, Spotify launched a beta ‘Songwriter Pages’ feature offering more visibility for songwriters on its service, including their own profile pages and playlists of recordings of their works. Today,...
October 1, 2020
UMPG China held songwriting camp with League of Legends firm
We’ve written about the huge audiences for esports tournaments before, and the opportunities for artists to perform live at these events. Now Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has spied an opportunity for songwriters...
August 20, 2020
NMPA hopeful of keeping songwriters’ top line rate increase
We reported yesterday on the ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on the appeal by Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify against new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board. The decision was seen...
August 12, 2020
US appeals court knocks back CRB’s songwriter royalty rates
When Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify appealed against new, higher songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), it sparked fury in the publishing community. Get set for another outbreak: the US...
August 11, 2020
PRS for Music warns of royalties hit to come from Covid-19
British collecting society PRS for Music has offered another warning that the Covid-19 pandemic will be delivering its biggest hit to songwriter royalties later this year. PRS has just paid out its July 2020 distribution,...
July 15, 2020
‘Before the MP3 the music industry thought it sold music…’
"The MP3 file has become the URL," said Spotify boss Daniel Ek 10 years ago, in 2010. Yet the MP3 lives on: it's actually celebrating its silver (25th) anniversary today, with the file extension name .mp3 having been minted...
July 14, 2020
MLC says it will launch its user portal ‘later this quarter’
The US's new Mechanical Licensing Collective body (MLC) has provided an update on its plans to launch a portal for independent songwriters to register their works. At the NY:LON Connect conference in January, MLC chair...
July 13, 2020
Spotify sees more labels and distributors crediting songwriters
Spotify's head of songwriter and publishing relations Jules Parker says that the streaming service's addition of songwriter credits had a knock-on effect for labels and distributors. "Since we began publicly displaying...
July 9, 2020
UK musician bodies criticise Epidemic Sound / Adobe deal
In June, creative-software company Adobe announced the launch of a library of royalty-free music and audio with partners Epidemic Sound and Jamendo. Now two bodies representing musicians in the UK have attacked one of those...
July 8, 2020