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MUST READ: Sony Music’s Contract With Spotify

bombThe Verge has obtained a copy of what it says was Sony Music's 2012-2013 contract with Spotify.   The contract, which appears genuine, offers a unique glimpse in to the major labels relationship with Spotify.

A leaked contract between Sony Music and Spotify includes details of advances of up to $42.5 million, Spotify's charging 15% off the top of a very complex ad revenue formula, and a favored nations clause that kept Sony payments on par with its rivals.

Another intriguing tidbit:

Sony Music was given $9 million in free ad spots on Spotify which it could sell for profit.

Normally we'd summarize the contract and The Verge's analysis.  This is so important and informative enough that we encourage read it in its entirety here.

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  1. Doesn’t surprise me at all.. It’s so ridiculous that Sony can take $51.5 million without any of that being earmarked for artists. I know it’s a lot more complex than that, but seriously when are artists/bands going to unite together and fight this? I guarantee if no new music was being released for a couple of months things would change drastically.

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