"As Spotify's revenue goes up, artist per-stream and revenue payouts are going way, way down. And here's the data to prove it." Continue reading this enlightening article by Daniel Adrian Sanchez.
Lawyers are saying, "This is an incredibly important decision for all artists in the YouTube era in which we live. This decision represents a firm pronouncement that placing work on YouTube for free devalues it, and damages artists, like Jillian, who created it.”
Outdated government regulations have created serious and daunting problems for music creators. When the Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) ASCAP and BMI asked the Department of Justice to consider updating the Consent Decrees that govern their activities, the DOJ refused, and instead demanded that the PROs engage in “100% Licensing,” a new, untested method that could seriously disrupt the entire industry. The Council of Music Creators, one of musicanswers supporting organizations, issued a compelling statement, explaining how the DOJ’s decision is likely to bring devastation to music creators and chaos to the system.
Statement by the Council of Music Creators Regarding the DOJ's Decision on 100% Licensing
The Council of Music Creators (CMC) strongly rejects the position of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division that the Consent Decrees governing ASCAP and BMI require "full work" or "100%" licensing and that the Decrees do not need to be amended at this time.
There is no better example of the need for immediate revision than the Department's bizarre interpretation of the antiquated wording of the Decrees, which were conceived and negotiated more than sixty years ago, when the landscape of the music business was still developing, television had not yet been invented, "digital" referred to fingers, and when the vast majority of songs were written by individual writers.
Today's music is a collaborative venture among creative people, knit together by talented teams of writers, performers and producers, all of whom contribute to the final work . The organizations that we, as songwriters and composers, have chosen to license our performing rights (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, GMR, and others) each license, collect, and distribute royalties from the shares of songs we own and they represent on our behalf.
This method, which is working perfectly and has done so for more than a century, is not what tech giants like Google want for the future. So they've pressured the DOJ, which is now requiring that any licensing organization controlling any part of a musical work must issue a license for the entire work, regardless of whether the organization controls those rights or not. When asked how this chaotic scheme will work, the response from the DOJ was, literally, "You'll have to figure that out."
The DOJ's plan is not just a bad idea, it's a completely unworkable solution to a non-existent problem. It will not only cost all writers hundreds of millions in increased administrative costs, but it will encourage those who use music to shop for the lowest price, driving down the already absurdly low rates they're currently paying and diminishing performing rights revenue forever.
The CMC will fight with all our creative ability to defeat this assault on our profession. We will stand and work with our sister music creator organizations and our allies on the business side. And we will not rest until we have achieved a fair and equitable solution that preserves the rights and the future of all music creators, and music, itself.
Chris Castle illuminates serious corporate abuse from Google, Amazon, Pandora, and Spotify at the Copyright Office. Read how they're egregiously exploiting a loophole in a completely absurd way that damages music creators.
This wonderful NEW YORK TIMES Op-Ed piece by Jonathan Taplin addresses the danger of monopolies like Google.
This Keynote Address is a call to action to all those who are concerned about, not only the the future of creators, but the future of our creative culture as a whole.
You all know of the debacle when Maria Pallante was pushed out of her position as Register of Copyright. Well, she has moved on: “Maria is a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of Members of Congress as well as intellectual property experts around the world,” said YS Chi, Chairman of the AAP Board of Directors. “The Board believes she is an excellent choice for President and CEO as she brings to AAP considerable expertise in many of the issues facing the publishing industry.”
This wonderful NYTIMES op-ed piece by Jonathan Taplin who like us, is looking for "an honest national conversation on monopoly and our future."
MusicBusinessWorldwide gives their take on YouTube's latest hire, Lyor Cohen. (by Tim Ingham)
These are deeply compelling words by T-Bone Burnett in his keynote at Americana Fest, Nashville, TN. Read and be inspired.
This informative BILLBOARD article explains how songwriters are being cut out of streaming's income.
Cary Sherman at the RIAA, places the latest statistics in context of Google’s unwillingness to do what’s right, as they take advantage of, and continue to support, the broken DMCA.
MA-supporting organization SONA (Songwriters of North America) explains the injustice of the DOJ (Department of Justice) in their recent decision on the Consent Decree.
Scott Cleland, author of “Search & Destroy,” has testified three times before Congress about Google, and asks why the world allowed Google to anti-competitively corner the global market for the world’s information. Copyright is front and center of their coup over information.
20,000 creators in the EU signed this powerful petition that asks the European Commission to end economic/legal loopholes that platforms like YouTube misuse. Download here.
This eye-opener by the National Legal and Policy Center reveals just how powerful Google’s has become through its “influence laundering.” Don't read this one right before bed.
Maria Schneider's open letter explains why she believes YouTube should not be entitled to safe harbor.
This is a must-read article by Patrick Courrielche.
"It’s absurd that Google continues to position itself as the lovable geek who just wants to keep the internet fun and free," 'Sons of Anarchy' creator writes. "Google is neither fun, nor free"
This fantastic article explains just how rare "viral" is, and why anecdotal successes in no way make for a sustainable music economy. (Marta Figlerowicz)