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Court Voids Spotify, Amazon Songwriter Royalty Increase

 The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has voided the most recent royalty rate structure established by the Copyright Royalty Board. The opinion, written by DC Circuit Judge Patricia Millett, addressed. Continue reading

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Spotify Says It Overpaid Songwriters And Wants Money Back

In it's latest spat with music publishers, Spotify says they owe the streamer for overpayments. Last year's US Copyright Royalty Board rate change included a retroactive cut in the minimum. Continue reading

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Songwriter Rate Appeal To Be ‘Long Drawn Out Process’ says Spotify Exec

Spotify and other streamers (sans Apple) have appealed new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board, effectively ensuring that the increase is unlikely to flow to songwriters. Continue reading

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‘You Have Used Us,’ Spotify Secret Genius Songwriters Tell CEO Daniel Ek [Full Letter]

Nile Rogers, Frank Dukes, Teddy Geiger and Babyface Edwards were among the dozens Spotify Genius Award nominated songwriters who signed an open letter to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek over the streamer’s. Continue reading

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From Azoff To Slipknot, Music Biz Condemns Spotify, Google Attack On Songwriter Rates Increase

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. Continue reading

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Apple Music Is Only Major Streamer Not Trying To Cut Songwriter Royalties

Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon are appealing the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling that would increase streaming payouts to songwriters by 44%. Notably absent from the list of music tech. Continue reading

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Court Rules Against SoundExchange In CRB Rate Dispute

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Copyright Royalty Board rate determination for non-interactive web streams for the period of 2016-2020.

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Big Win For Songwriters: Mechanical Royalties Rise 44%, Copyright Royalty Board Rules

[UPDATE 2] In a major win for songwriters and music publishers, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has approved major graduated increases in mechanical rates for 2018-2022 totalling 43.8%. It. Continue reading

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Music Publishing Weekly Roundup: Pandora Abandons IRFA, Beats Music to Launch in January

Pandora has officially abandoned the Internet Radio Fairness Act – a piece of legislation that would have effectively reduced the royalty rates it pays to songwriters and publishers, as well. Continue reading

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