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Thom Yorke calls Spotify the “last desperate fart of a dying corpse”

Thom Yorke calls Spotify the “last desperate fart of a dying corpse” | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The Radiohead frontman expanded on his criticism for the music-streaming platform in a recent interview.
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Some might say Spotify is the new face of the record industry, Thom Yorke has a quite different way to put it...

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Lil Poopy, 13, lands a four-year Sony-Epic record deal

Lil Poopy, 13, lands a four-year Sony-Epic record deal | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
He may just be 13-year-old but Lil Poopy - the pint-sized rapper famous for singing about hoes and cocaine aged just nine, has landed his first record deal.

Lil Poopy, whose real name Luis Rivera Jr., has signed a four-year deal with Sony-Epic label which boasts big name artists such as Outkast, Timbaland, P. Diddy and Jennifer Lopez.

The young rap sensation gained notoriety aged nine when he appeared in a music video where he called himself a 'cocaine cowboy' as he rapped about money, hoes and kissed fistfuls of cash.
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If we needed more evidence this industry has failed us all
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 12:35 PM

Its okay to be signed at 13, but to be signed for rapping about drugs is not acceptable. We living in times where this is okay to do. Just to show the younger generation is also lost. Sony signing little boys who have yet to hit puberty rapping about money, cars, clothes and hoes. A disappointment in today's world and music. Music now a days is not the same it was 10 years ago, even 5 years ago.

Krissy Calhoun's curator insight, August 19, 2:09 PM
What message is being seen by our children?
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This cranky rocker is taking on Spotify and the entire music streaming industry

This cranky rocker is taking on Spotify and the entire music streaming industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Lowery initiated a potential class-action copyright-infringement lawsuit against the company. The headline-grabbing federal suit, filed on his behalf by the law firm Michelman & Robinson, involves the rights to compositions, as opposed to recordings, and asserts that Spotify failed to secure the “mechanical rights” from songwriters or their music publishers that it needs to reproduce works by Lowery and an unspecified number of others. Spotify could potentially be liable for up to $150 million in royalties.

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Camper Van Beethoven's David Lowery is going after Spotify
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 12:42 PM

Spotify is lined up for a copyright-infringement lawsuit liable for up to $150 million in royalties. Seems like as long as peopple make great music or compose, and as long as music is around (which will be forever) there will always be room for lawsuits.

Kaysha Banks's curator insight, August 21, 7:59 PM

This is compelling and I believe the artist may have a valid point. They might actually win. Bloomberg is definitely a viable source so I believe this article is legit. 

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BitTorrent - Discovery Fund

BitTorrent - Discovery Fund | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
You create it. You own it. We back it.

We back creators. We don’t buy content. Because fuck content. Because music and film is more than that. Because outside voices need to be heard. The BitTorrent Discovery Fund is an open initiative dedicated to supporting a diverse group of creators seeking global distribution for uncompromising, original work.

Through this initiative, we’ll partner with 25 creators; providing cash grants and promotional resources to help artists unlock new fans and build impactful releases.
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BitTorrent unveils its Discovery Fund program. If you feel like you've been robbed by peer-to-peer, now's your chance to claim some money back!
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Secretly Store

Secretly Store | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
"Secretly Society is our spin on a classic idea - the record club. The pitch is simple. One record, in an exclusive, Secretly Society vinyl color, shipped to your door every month. Oh yeah, and shipping is included."
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Secretly Group unveils "Secretly Society" as many others contemporary labels reboot the record club business model into the digital age.
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The music social network becomes Openwhyd

The music social network becomes Openwhyd | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Today, we're proud to open source Whyd, the music social network. Whyd will now be formally known as Openwhyd. Whyd's previous head engineer Adrien Joly will be leading the project. 

This means that we are giving you the keys to our house. Whyd's social network might see important changes in the future through the work of our community. Designers, engineers and storytellers who are using the platform every day are already joining forces to continue the development of the platform.

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Our favorite playlist aggregator service is turning open-source!
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Music Consumption and the "Swipe Left" Culture | The Best Schools

Music Consumption and the "Swipe Left" Culture | The Best Schools | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
However I did it, it wasn’t that easy or affordable to get new music. So you can be sure that if I paid money for something, I was going to listen to it. And if it didn’t speak to me at first, I was going to listen to it again and again until it did. I was going to get my money’s worth.
Pierre Priot's insight:
The Internet didn't just bankrupted most of the Music Industry, it actually ruined a whole generation's attention span. Welcome to the Vine/goldfish music consumption era.
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Led Zeppelin: why lawyers must not dictate the future of rock‘n’roll

Led Zeppelin: why lawyers must not dictate the future of rock‘n’roll | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
As Led Zeppelin head to court to defend accusations of plagiarism, isn't it time to recognise that rock'n'roll has always borrowed from its past?
Pierre Priot's insight:
Lawyers these days are fighting the wrong fights
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 1:09 PM

Another music related lawsuit. This one for plagiarism. 

Can they just accept the fact the music is about being creative. you can give the same sheet music and notes to 5 different people. Guaranteed to receive 5 different types of music with little to slight similarities. Of course this can be avoided 90% of the time, but they know what they are doing when they use the sample or whatever piece they take. Still its just abuse to be having lawsuits, ill say it again we are creative beings, that is what being a human is. We compete and always strive for better while creating. We all create.

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Record breaker: a brief history of Prince's contractual controversies

Record breaker: a brief history of Prince's contractual controversies | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
From his first album with Warner Music in 1978 to his current ambivalent relationship with digital, the Purple One, who has compared contracts to slavery, has a nearly 40-year history of battling for control over his music
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Guess whose records are now being shipped to a store nearby?
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 12:57 PM

Another yet great artist, Prince. You know, its  really sad to see artist fight for the rights to their music. $40 years of battling for his control over his music is crazy! The music industry really enslaves one and captures you so beware. Indie is the way. Don't be fooled!  This is similar to Michael Jackson. Another legend. may they be at peace.

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The real price of a music stream? It just keeps going down and down... - Music Business Worldwide

The real price of a music stream? It just keeps going down and down... - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Brace yourself.

The average amount of cash generated by an on-demand music stream in the US last year fell by 24%.

Each play across official premium and ad-funded platforms in 2015 – including Spotify, YouTube, TIDAL, Apple Music and Google Play Music – generated an average of $0.0051 for recorded music rightsholders.

MBW has calculated the figure by contrasting the volume of music streams in the US last year (as measured by Nielsen) with the amount of cash these plays generated, as published by the RIAA.

This figure has fallen dramatically over the past three years, since Nielsen began breaking out specific streaming consumption figures.
Pierre Priot's insight:
Here's why this business model is broken: the increase of streaming consumption doesn't provide revenue growth, but lowers the per stream revenue share.
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하석훈's curator insight, April 17, 3:42 AM

Isn't the streaming industry a new born area? I was amazed after seeing how fast the industry changes. I know that people are going to use streaming service for a long time, but revenue is falling down! I wonder how the streaming industry is going to be change and solve this problem.

 

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SoundCloud Has a New Revenue Chief Position so It Can Finally Start Making Some $$$

SoundCloud Has a New Revenue Chief Position so It Can Finally Start Making Some $$$ | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Can SoundCloud compete with the big guns? It’s debatable, as there are a lot of factors at play here. The first aspect of this service will be the price point; music labels believe that charging $10 a month is decent enough. However, that is only the case if all 30 million songs are being offered. On the other side, SoundCloud has way more music, now if it goes in contract with labels then the company will have a competitive advantage over rival services.
Pierre Priot's insight:
Soundcloud hiring a Revenue Chief and planning to evolve into a paid service, good news or bad news?
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Natural Records Studios's curator insight, March 9, 11:40 AM
Soundcloud hiring a Revenue Chief and planning to evolve into a paid service, good news or bad news?
nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 12:51 PM

Ah! Something new. This has both its pros and cons. Like all things in life. The pros in my opinion would be the discovery of many artists. With so many out there but few with real talent, its good to see soundcloud step it up. I feel like it would be the better service. Versus Pandora or Spotify. Soundcloud will let users not only stream and search for the music they want, but to also let artist upload their work. Whether is a song or a beat, this will make soundcloud very unique. No doubt this will make revenue. Fast too.

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UMG recorded music revenues up 2.4% as streaming offsets physical decline

UMG recorded music revenues up 2.4% as streaming offsets physical decline | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Universal Music Group’s recorded music revenues were up 2.4% in 2015 thanks to growth in streaming, which “more than offset” the decline in physical and download revenues.

Total UMG revenues were up 2.7% at constant currency, up by €5.11 billion (£3.98 billion).

Streaming accounting for 52% of digital recorded music revenues in H2 2015 and streaming revenue was up 47% across the year, while downloads declined 13%, according to yesterday's earnings release by parent company Vivendi.
Pierre Priot's insight:

UMG scores revenue growth thanks to the physical to streaming shift.
Isn't it exactly what I was rambling about is that piece: http://bit.ly/DigiTransition

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Darius Van Arman: Majors 'too often abuse their scale advantage' - Music Business Worldwide

Darius Van Arman: Majors 'too often abuse their scale advantage' - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Darius Van Arman, co-owner and co-founder of Secretly Group, has warned that true competition cannot exist in the world of record labels when the major companies unjustly leverage scale to their advantage.

The exec’s comments came at the pre-Grammy Entertainment Law Initiative lunch in Los Angeles on Friday (February 12) and echoed much of a speech from his peer, Beggars Group boss Martin Mills.

Like Mills, Van Arman called for majors (and other indies) to offer artists “fair and equitable trading terms and transparent accounting” in order to create a healthily competitive music business.
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The Indie Gospel, according to Darius Van Arman, co-owner and co-founder of Secretly Group

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The Steady Decline Of The CD Buyer

The Steady Decline Of The CD Buyer | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

As much as we may be in the era of streaming, nearly half of recorded music revenue globally is still derived from physical sales, with the CD making up the vast majority of that. So, for all the understandable focus on how YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud & co are shaping the future of the music business, the humble CD buyer remains crucial. Take away the $4.5 billion of physical music revenue generated in 2015 and most record labels of scale, majors included, would go belly up.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

The CD buyer is getting old, and he's showing more interest in Nirvana's Unplugged latest re-issue than in any kickass new material you may put out.
No wonder back catalog sales are surpassing new releases

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clyde norvell's curator insight, February 9, 5:03 PM

Streaming music is the new way of getting and listening to music today,But the CD's market shouldn't not be over looked or under estimated. CD's are still a strong source of music sales and still has a strong market for them. Record companies and producers should continue to use them.

Larissa Teems's curator insight, February 10, 9:15 PM

Interesting to think about being able to "subscribe" to a record label instead of buy physical CDs from them. I've often wondered if it would be better if the big record labels did go "belly-up" and smaller labels and producers became more popular. I feel as though there would be more individuality and less influence from outsiders. 

Deandre Summlin's curator insight, February 11, 3:22 AM

How will you publish and expose your music?

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What happens when a record store owner takes on Spotify’s Discover Weekly?

What happens when a record store owner takes on Spotify’s Discover Weekly? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In the second of a five-part series pitting music experts and tastemakers against Spotify's algorithm-generated Discover Weekly playlist, Spencer Hickman meets designer and music photographer Rachel Lipsitz and creates a tailor-made Spotify playlist for her. The question is, can Spencer's picks compare with Rachel's Discover Weekly playlist?
Pierre Priot's insight:
Playlist war: Man vs Algorythm
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Beazy Da StarSkater's curator insight, August 16, 10:27 PM

The thought of accessible music and frequent updating can cause a lot of eyebrows to go up. Hard copy records are the sole of the audio industry. With more artist going independent, record stores are having trouble consolidating actual revenue.

Kirsten Gruenberg's curator insight, August 21, 7:01 AM

David Lowery used to be in a group, now he is standing up for musicians.  He now is known for his role with activism for musicians rights, and has taken on the streaming industry.  David Lowery has filed a class action copyright infringement lawsuit against Spottify for failing to secure the rights from artists or their publishers and that makes Spotify potentially responsible for approximately $150 million in royalties. David Lowery wants to make the business of downloads fair to the artist and or publishers.

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De La Soul Talk Frustration Over Catalog’s Digital Unavailability

De La Soul Talk Frustration Over Catalog’s Digital Unavailability | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"Do you remember that most glorious Valentine’s Day in 2014 when De La Soul uploaded zip files of their first six albums? I certainly do. It was by far the best Valentine’s Day I ever had (I mostly celebrate Singles Awareness Day) eating chocolates and bumping the eclectic, off-kilter rhythms of De La all evening. Even their best album — the platinum-certified 3 Feet High And Rising — was among the bunch. The links to the zip files were only available for a day, but they caught the attention of Warner Music, which absorbed early hip-hop pioneer label Tommy Boy Records in 2002 and the masters to 3 Feet along with it. Warner obviously wasn’t too happy."

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Ever wondered why De La Soul's catalog ain't available for streaming nor download?
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Would You Let Donald Trump Use Your Song?- IAMA Music News

Would You Let Donald Trump Use Your Song?- IAMA Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
if you were given the chance, would you let Billionaire Donald Trump use your song? If so, which song would you let Trump use? Please leave your comments below.
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Songwriters, IAMA is challenging your ethics!
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Spotify’s Latest Algorithmic Playlist Is Full of Your Favorite New Music

Spotify’s Latest Algorithmic Playlist Is Full of Your Favorite New Music | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
I’ve been testing the new playlist for two weeks, and Release Radar has been terrific so far. It’s showed me new albums from little-known favorites I never would have noticed otherwise. I’ve even discovered a couple of new debuts before all my friends did. (Which is, of course, the goal of music: to know the cool stuff first.) It’s not quite as horizon-expanding as Discover Weekly, and it’s probably not going to create the near-religious devotion that playlist has engendered. But it’s a great way to start the day on Friday. And it’s further proof that Spotify just gets me.
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Wired praises Spotify's latest Release Radar feature
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The Real Value Of The Independent Sector

The Real Value Of The Independent Sector | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Over the course of the last year MIDiA has been working with WIN (the global indie label trade body) on a major study to define the independent sector’s contribution to the global recorded music business. The default accepted wisdom is that the indies account for something like 20% of the global revenue total. However, this study revealed, that figure strongly underestimates the actual share…it is in fact 37.6%.

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Know your Indie labels ; facts and figures
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Major Label CEO Confirms That 'Playlist Payola' Is Real

Major Label CEO Confirms That 'Playlist Payola' Is Real | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
What is 'playlist payola,' and how is it affecting your career? New comments from one of the most powerful major label CEOs offers more clues.
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Baby, What a Big Surprise
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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, May 23, 3:13 PM

This is why Spotify et al should leave it to independents to curate playlists ... like us.

Larry Wilcox's curator insight, August 21, 6:43 PM

Oh, WOW! This is very interesting, I never know of a such thing as "Playlist Payola". Although it's very convincing. It seems as if it is ran by a Mob or something. This seem to be a way to control artist and get them to sign on to a record and if they choose not to than there career would not go anywhere. The fact that it is stated that a host/DJ was injured because he choose one to share the information is what has me leaning toward Mob or Gang. If a artist was welling to sign with the company for exposure that would be a great was is to sign with a company that controls the air. Although if you are trying to finding your way on your won this could be a bad idea. Understanding what you want to accomplish will be the foundation/Blue Print of your succes.

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Radiohead Streams "A Moon Shaped Pool" On Apple Music And Tidal, But Shuns Spotify

Radiohead Streams "A Moon Shaped Pool" On Apple Music And Tidal, But Shuns Spotify | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We thought that digital detente had been reached when the first two singles for Radiohead's new album "A Moon Shaped Pool" appeared on Spotify. But apparently, Thom Yorke is just a tease. Over the weekend, Radiohead self-released it's new album, "A Moon Shaped Pool."

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Radiohead releases new album through numerous formats from case bound album (£60) to digital and selected streaming services.
If you were expecting to stream it on Deezer or Spotify, you might as well make the jump to another Yorke approved service.
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Steve Miller: This Whole Industry Is F--kin' Gangsters and Crooks

Steve Miller: This Whole Industry Is F--kin' Gangsters and Crooks | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Steve Miller's gripes against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — for which the rocker was inducted Friday night — extended past the podium into the backstage area later that night. "The whole process is unpleasant," Miller told reporters. "The whole process needs to be changed from the top to the bottom." Talking to Rolling Stone, Miller widened his targets, throwing barbs not just at the Rock Hall — though there were many choice words about that — but at his record label rep ("I wanted to pull him by his necktie and kick him in the nuts") and the industry in general.
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I don't see anything wrong about Steve Miller's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame speech.
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하석훈's curator insight, April 17, 3:55 AM

Being in a money-making industry doesn't mean you are making money. In this interview, Steve Miller shows the negative view in the recording industry. After reading this, now I think being careful about the 'theives' in the industry is as inportant as to work hard. 

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Music streaming has a nearly undetectable fraud problem

Music streaming has a nearly undetectable fraud problem | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Click fraud—the use of automated digital bots to “click” on payment-generating links and steal money by pretending to be consumers—has long been a problem in the online advertising industry. Websites stand to lose as much as $7.2 billion from fraudulent traffic in 2016, according to a study this January from the Association of National Advertisers.

This is now also a growing problem for the music industry, amid a rapid transition to online streaming services as the primary mode of distributing music and source of royalty payments. In the US alone, the streaming industry is projected to reach roughly $2 billion by 2019. The ascent of services like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Tidal—along with their per-stream payment models—has created an alluring target for fraudsters who need only a few auto-generated dance tunes and a modicum of coding expertise to fashion bots that basically snatch money out of thin air.
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That's basically the contemporary version of Brian Epstein buying thousands of copies of 'Love Me Do'
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Has Kanye West killed off the album as we know it?

Has Kanye West killed off the album as we know it? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
He’s released The Life of Pablo digitally, but continues to tinker with it – much like a computer game upgrade
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One may wonder what's the point of keeping up releasing albums

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The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it

The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Streaming fragmentation is driving people back to piracy.
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Good point: exclusivity periods are leading to market fragmentation and ultimately ruin the only bright side of streaming services

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Club 97.5 Idaho's #1 Hit Music!'s curator insight, March 7, 5:37 PM
Traditional Radio will still rule! #RadioLife
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“Happy Birthday” is public domain, former owner Warner/Chapell to pay $14M

“Happy Birthday” is public domain, former owner Warner/Chapell to pay $14M | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Music publisher Warner/Chappell will no longer be allowed to collect licensing royalties on those who sing "Happy Birthday" in public and will pay back $14 million to those who have paid for licensing in the past, according to court settlement papers filed late Monday night.

The settlement is a result of a lawsuit originally filed in 2013 by filmmaker Jennifer Nelson, who challenged the "Happy Birthday" copyright. "Happy Birthday" has the same melody as "Good Morning to You," a children's song dating to the 19th Century. But despite the song's murky early history, music publisher Warner/Chappell has stuck to its story that the song was copyrighted in 1935, and a royalty had to be paid for any public use of it—until now.
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Happy Birthday! Warner/Chappell will pay back $14 million for the collection of bogus royalties.

FYI, W/C annual revenue over "H/B" has been estimated to $2 million.

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