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Is it time for independent musicians to dump Spotify? jon Sat, 11/11/2023 - 06:01

Spotify plans to change how it pays artists starting in 2024. A new 1,000 stream minimum for royalties has sparked backlash. We look at whether independent musicians should diversify away from reliance on Spotify.

Streaming's New Beat: The Rise and Debate of the 'Artist-Centric' Payment Model

Submitted by jon on Sun, 10/22/2023 - 09:01

UMG and Deezer introduced a new "artist-centric" payment model for streaming, gaining traction with Wagram Music's endorsement. While some laud the model for its potential to revolutionize payouts, others stress the importance of inclusivity, transparency, and support for emerging artists. Proposals include subsidizing new artists through top earners, a flat fee for track uploads, anti-fraud measures, and continuous price adjustments. The challenge lies in balancing fairness, genuine music content, and industry growth.

Did Ed Sheeran Infringe Copyright? The Debate Continues

Submitted by jon on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 19:27

The End of a Legal Battle

After a prolonged legal battle, the estate of Ed Townsend, co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s Get It On," has formally ended their court battle with Ed Sheeran over their claims that Sheeran’s "Thinking Out Loud" copied the iconic 1970s R&B song. 

The Question of AI Authorship: Can Machines Be Creators?

Submitted by jon on Thu, 08/31/2023 - 07:46

The recent court ruling against AI copyright protection upheld the established requirement of human authorship under current law, but broader questions remain as AI creativity advances. Determining appropriate rights and protections for increasingly autonomous machine-generated works poses complex challenges ahead.

SoundExchange vs. Sirius XM: The Royalty Battle Continues

Submitted by jon on Fri, 08/18/2023 - 12:26

SoundExchange is once again at odds with Sirius XM, accusing them of misrepresenting and underpaying royalties related to their internet streaming service. This conflict revolves around the distinction between Sirius' two primary services: its satellite subscription and internet streaming. Given that the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has set different royalty rates for each, the lawsuit alleges Sirius XM has been strategically bundling these services, skewing revenue towards 'webcasting revenue' to reduce royalty costs.