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“You have used us and tried to divide us”: songwriters’ open letter to Spotify

Spotify is not the only streaming service to appeal the royalty rates set recently by the Copyright Royalty Board – Google, Pandora and Amazon are also appealing – but it is the one taking the most heat. David Israelite...
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Publishers planning own ‘town hall’ event on CRB rates appeals

Spotify is rumoured (although not, as yet, confirmed) to be holding some ‘town-hall’ events to explain to songwriters why it’s appealing against new royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board (CRB). Now publishing/songwriting...
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Sony/ATV boss encourages songwriters to protest CRB-rates appeal

Apple’s decision to bring Spotify’s songwriter-royalties appeal into the two companies’ dispute over App Store policies shows that the gloves are truly off. But publishers, too, are continuing to have their say about...
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PRS for Music publishes new date on women songwriters

We wrote earlier this month about data published by Spotify showing how few of its top 50 songs in Norway last year involved women songwriters or producers. Now British collecting society PRS for Music has put out some numbers...
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Spotify launches analytics for music publishers

Streaming service Spotify has analytics for labels and distributors, and separately for artists and their managers. Spot who's missing? Publishers - and by extension, songwriters. At least they were missing until now. This...
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Industry cheers as Music Modernization Act is signed into law in US

It is no surprise that the music business has been cheering the Music Modernization Act as it was signed into law by President Trump yesterday.
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Spotify encourages songwriters to get their metadata sorted

The legal clarification comes early in Spotify for Artists’ blog post about metadata: “This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice. Those...
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Royalty Exchange launches valuation app for songwriters

Zillow is the website whose features start with providing an estimate for the value of your house, to help you gauge whether to sell or rent it out (which the site can also help with). Now music firm Royalty Exchange has launched...
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PRS for Music signs long-term licensing deal with Auddly

Individual executives from British collecting society PRS for Music have been publicly complimentary about metadata-creating startup Auddly in recent months. Now that relationship has been formalised. PRS has signed a...
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Auddly launches #MetadataPays campaign for music creators

Startup Auddly’s service aims to help songwriters and musicians to start creating metadata around their songs from the earliest stages of writing and recording. Now it’s launching a campaign to promote these practices,...
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Socan promises more transparency with ‘Layla’ royalty system

Canadian PRO Socan has launched a new royalty income and tracking system for customers of its Audiam subsidiary. Called ‘Layla’ (we’re sorry for the guitar-solo earworm you’ll be enjoying all morning now) it’s aimed...
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Spotify adds songwriting and production credits to its desktop app

Spotify is adding credits for songwriters and producers to songs on its service, although for now they'll only appear within its desktop app. From today, listeners can right-click on a track and choose a 'Show Credits'...