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...
January 11, 2016
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...
January 4, 2016
Victory Records back on Spotify as Apple seeks publishing role
“We’re back! Enjoy your favourite Victory Records’ artists on Spotify,” explained a tweet from the independent label earlier this week, heralding a resolution to its dispute with the streaming music service. “We...
November 12, 2015
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...
November 11, 2015
David Lowery asks NY attorney general to investigate Spotify
Musician and artists’ rights campaigner David Lowery has written to the attorney general of New York calling for an investigation into unpaid songwriter royalties from streaming service Spotify. His move follows the company’s...
November 10, 2015
UK Music counts music’s £4.1bn contribution to UK economy
Industry body UK Music has published its latest report, Measuring Music 2015, with the headline claim that music contributed £4.1bn to the UK economy in 2014. That included a 17% rise in British music exports thanks to...
November 5, 2015
Victory Records ups its ‘rhetoric’ on Spotify battle
Two weeks after having its catalogue removed from Spotify, Victory Records is upping the stakes in its dispute with the streaming service over unpaid royalties. Founder Tony Brummel has told staff that the row will lead...
November 3, 2015
ICE is nice for PRS, STIM and GEMA licensing hub
European collecting societies PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA have confirmed that the brand for their joint licensing and processing hub will be ICE, matching that of their copyright database. PRS is playing a big role in...
November 2, 2015
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...
October 30, 2015
SACEM excited by SVOD growth, less so by YouTube
Songwriters and composers will benefit from the growth of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services following in Netflix and Hulu’s footsteps. That’s according to Cécile Rap-Veber, director of licensing and international...
October 7, 2015
NMPA boss hits back at Pandora over free music
We reported yesterday on Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews’ defence of free streaming music. It only took a day for the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to hit back, also in an op-ed piece for Billboard. Boss David...
September 25, 2015
Happy Birthday to you (but not to your copyright owner)
It’s safe to say there won’t be celebratory cakes, champagne or presents in the offices of Warner/Chappell following a ruling about its ownership of the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’. A US court ruling appears to...
September 23, 2015