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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...