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Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why?

Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Pandora is currently suing BMI songwriters over the rate it will pay for the next 4 or 5 years.

Pandora wants to pay 1.75%.  BMI songwriters would like them to pay 2.5%. In 2014 Pandora paid BMI $16.1 million dollars.   So basically Pandora is using the entire apparatus of the federal courts to get a reduction of less than $7 million dollars in 2015.  If it’s a 4 year deal that means Pandora saves $28 million dollars (Pandora growth has virtually stopped).  Court cases like this have typically cost the parties tens of millions of dollars.  This does not include the millions it costs taxpayers.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

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Mixcloud | US licensing seeking rules

Mixcloud | US licensing seeking rules | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

You cannot scrub or rewind backwards within a Cloudcast, only forward

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Be Kind Don't Rewind. Mixcloud license deals make it illegal to rewind backward.

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Everything you need to know about Performing Rights Organizations

Everything you need to know about Performing Rights Organizations | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Performing Rights Organizations (or PROs) help songwriters by collecting one of the most important forms of music publishing revenue: performance royalties.

Pierre Priot's insight:

(You Gotta) Fight For Your (Performing) Rights

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Militao de Maya Ricardo's curator insight, May 27, 2014 3:14 PM

Este artigo relata o mercado norte-americano.

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Digital Music News - The Following Music Organizations Will be Dead or Dying In 5-10 Years...

Digital Music News - The Following Music Organizations Will be Dead or Dying In 5-10 Years... | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
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Kill the middle men!

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Hack Your Craft's curator insight, February 20, 2013 2:20 PM

When I was starting in the business deciding which Performance Rights Org to affiliate myself with was a matter of who catered to the independent or who favored one genre over another. ASCAP was about the big players on radio, where as BMI did better with college radio. BMI, according to some insiders, favored country, rock or pop as oppose to urban (race issues within the industry is for an entirely different post or book, rather). Now it seems technology may neutralize this strategy. Technology may allow for licensing and performance royalties to be collected directly from venue to artist, API or possibly a centralized site or app.

 

Just as Spotify has centralized P2P sharing, arguably in favor of the labels, a new start up may centralize performance licensing.  Unlike Spotify, this may be a good thing for the independent if royalties are not compromised in the shift, as they have been with Spotify. I write this with dampened hope because currently the PROs  collect say roughly 30cents for every radio play of a song where as Spotify collects a fraction of a fraction of that for every stream.  

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Aloe Blacc: Streaming Services Need to Pay Songwriters Fairly | WIRED

Aloe Blacc: Streaming Services Need to Pay Songwriters Fairly | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The abhorrently low rates songwriters are paid by streaming services—enabled by outdated federal regulations—are yet another indication our work is being devalued in today’s marketplace.
Pierre Priot's insight:

As Aloe Blacc brilliantly puts it: "if songwriters cannot afford to make music, who will? "

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Dallas Mason's curator insight, June 18, 12:37 PM

This is basically describing the different sites where music is found and takes money away from the songwriters and composers. Stating how low the composers and songwriters are paid from these websites and other places.

Nathan Dickinson's curator insight, August 21, 12:22 PM
Aloe Blacc is on of many songwriters that believes they should be paid more from streaming services.
Blacc believes that writing a song deserves more payment from streaming services. The more people buy a song the more royalties he gets but streams is a much less generous industry.
The streaming services don't make money for the individual songs, they make money from their users subscribing to the service. There's not a direct divided for the artist or songwriter s to be paid because that's not how the service works.
In my opinion, if your a songwriter then write your own songs. They shouldn't be allowed to write songs or other musicians. Then the truly talented writers get the money they deserve. There is such an abundance of writers because groups of people get together to write songs thinking they're going to make all this money when even if the song you worked on has 200,000 streams they have to pay the other 50 people that worked on the song. Its not a profitable business for songwriters to work in that way.
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Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Repeats Warning to ASCAP, BMI

Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Repeats Warning to ASCAP, BMI | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Sony/ATV Music Publishing sent a letter to its songwriters in the last day, updating them on where the company stands with regards to performance rights, re-iterating Martin Bandier's intention to withdraw from the two U.S. major performing rights organizations and also reveals the news that the company is appealing both the ASCAP and BMI Pandora rate court rulings.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Sony/ATV Music Publishing is obviously willing to skip the middle men, i.e. ASCAP & BMI.

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BMI Music Company Suit -- Triggers 19 Nervous Breakdowns

BMI Music Company Suit -- Triggers 19 Nervous Breakdowns | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

What do Sonny and Cher, Kansas, Michael Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bono, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Toby Keith, Jefferson Airplane, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Amy Winehouse, Weezer, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding, Air Supply, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, Bob Seger and Fleetwood Mac have in common?


Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/06/05/bmi-lawsuit-michael-jackson-lil-wayne-lady-gaga-rolling-stones-small-bars/#ixzz2VR52XR8w

 

 

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I wonder what BMI represented artists would actually say about that?

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