Spotify will pay out $112m (£83.5m) in a settlement agreement, following two lawsuits that claimed songwriters hadn’t been paid enough in royalties for their work being streamed on the service. The class action, a combination of the two lawsuits, originally came from David Lowery, an musicians’ rights advocate from the band Camper Van Beethoven, and Melissa Ferrick, a songwriter and owner of a music publishing company.
Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, claims that the pop artist’s 2013 party anthem “We Can’t Stop” features lyrics that infringe on his own musical work. He filed a copyright complaint in federal court in New York on Tuesday. The seven offending words: “We run things. Things don’t run we.”
Largest Ever Copyright Royalty Board Ruling Transforms How Songwriters are Paid – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law
Less than 48 hours before the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruled to increase royalty payments to songwriters and music publishers from music streaming companies by nearly 44 percent, the biggest rate increase granted in CRB history.
Music streaming – playing songs over the internet “on demand” – is widely regarded as having saved the music industry, following an era of music piracy marked by falling CD and vinyl sales. Yet songwriters and musicians have long complained that they’re not getting their fair share of the spoils.
US copyright board boosts songwriters’ music streaming fees | The Indian Express A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 percent to narrow the financial divide separating them from recording labels.
Spotify has been hit with a lawsuit that accuses the streaming service of infringing the rights of songwriters and publishers. Wixen Music Publishing is seeking damages of at least $1.6bn (£1.2bn) – $150,000 for more than 10,000 songs. The California company represents artists that include Janis Joplin, The Black Keys and Tom Petty.