Late last week Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon announced they were teaming appeal the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling increasing streaming payouts to songwriters by 44%. The four will file a action with the D.C. Court of Appeals. Now, artists and the industry are reacting, condemning the tech giants and praising Apple Music for not supporting the court action.
Apple understands they’re in the artist business. Clearly, Google, Pandora, Spotify and Amazon don’t. https://t.co/8x8uOCQa9L— Irving Azoff (@irvingazoff) March 8, 2019
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Over the last 3 days I had the pleasure of hosting a song camp with some of the best music makers in the world. I want to thank the @secretgenius team for their genuine passion and their initiative to put a spotlight on the people behind the music. A special big thanks to my bro @Pk since83 for all his hard work and sincerity. I don’t hold him or any his team accountable for corporate decisions made at a higher level. With that said, I find it really disappointing to see a company like @spotify not support the people behind the songs that make their business model possible. We as creators sacrifice so much for our art and it’s disheartening to see the lack of respect from a billion dollar company that profits from our work. @Spotify please do what’s right and drop your appeal. This is a direct attack on the people who make your platform possible. We need to do better than “business as usual”.
This is completely messed up. Jeff Bezos is probably the richest man in the world and Daniel Eck is on his way. They created a great product,so why not support another great creation SONGWRITING.— kenny macpherson (@thegers) March 10, 2019
Spotify suing songwriters against royalty increase! Time 2 switch to @AppleMusic. Sometimes you have to take your biz away from peeps who R f*cking you until they do the right thing! This may be a job for the #musicarmy. @wearesonaLA https://t.co/0gJ6Zfc23E via @variety— Shelly Peiken (@Shelly_Peiken) March 8, 2019
@Spotify @pandoramusic @amazonmusic this is NOT a fight you will win. You have had carte blanche with our music for too long. We the songwriters of the world look forward to challenging your contention.https://t.co/2WpZrPtBnf— confirm: 0-0-0... DESTRUCT... 0 (@CoreyTaylorRock) March 10, 2019