Why the Copyright Royalty Board must index song rates to inflation #irespectmusic

Here, Chris Castle makes a case for why the Copyright Royalty Board should index song rates in the face of the looming specter of inflation Guest post by Chris Castle. Continue reading

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Spotify, other streamers dismiss songwriter pleas, demand even lower royalty rates

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google/YouTube, and other streamers have just filed requested 2023 -2027 songwriter royalty rates with U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). While not public yet, David Israelite,. Continue reading

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#FrozenMechanicals Crisis: Helienne Lindvall, David Lowery, Blake Morgan, Gwendolyn Seale weigh in

Leading artist advocates weigh in with comments regarding the Copyright Royalties Board’s Frozen Mechanicals problem. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy [Here’s the context of this post.. Continue reading

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New CRB webcast rates mean more money for all artists, labels

The US Copyright Royalty Board has set rates 2021- 2025 for webcasters that will mean higher payments to artists and labels. The new rates will also require stations to make back. Continue reading

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Chris Castle proposes a rate-based fix for frozen mechanicals

Here, Chris Castle outlines how the ongoing frozen mechanicals dilemma facing the copyright sector of the music industry could potentially be remedied with a rate-based solution. Guest post by Chris. Continue reading

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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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