Ethical Pool: More for few or fewer for more – The Results of a Comparative Study on Pro Rata and User Centric Distribution Models from Finland — Music Tech Solutions

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via Ethical Pool: More for few or fewer for more – The Results of a Comparative Study on Pro Rata and User Centric Distribution Models from Finland — Music Tech Solutions. An academic statistical analysis from Finland raises interesting questions about user-centric royalty systems. Ethical Pool Music Modernization Act Dr. Jari Muikku Dr. Pradeep Durgam Finnish Musicians Union Lottaliina Pokkinen user-centric royalties

International Federation of Musicians @fim_musicians Statement on Online Music, the Big Pool and User Centric

Music Technology Policy

Access to a repertoire through output licenses set to grow endlessly for a flat-rate subscription –which has remained at the essentially same price point for more than ten years – does not seem capable of providing long-term sustainability for the creative sector given the dominant pro-rata royalty model. [Editor Charlie sez: It should be obvious at this point that artists and session players and vocalists are getting reamed in the streaming economy.

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Pandora’s New “Lowery Clause” May Block Songwriters and Publishers from Suing Over Unmatched

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a significant number of PUBLISHER Compositions have gone [how about are going] unidentified or “unmatched”), then the Parties shall engage in good faith discussions regarding a revised methodology for the calculation of PUBLISHER’s pro rata share for the Limited Interactive Service and the On-Demand Service [ what about Pandora radio]. [ [A version of this post first appeared in the MusicTechPolicy Monthly].

@thetrichordist: Updated! Streaming Price Bible w/ 2016 Rates : Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, Amazon, Pandora, Etc. — Artist Rights Watch

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The problem with a pro-rata share of advertising revenue is that the fraction may well always trend downward and is dependent on the growth rate of the service involved. If that sounds like a ponzi scheme, it is pretty similar. your plays/all plays] * [ad revenue].

Another Legal Tech Startup Is Shutting Down

Media Law

Customers entitled to refunds will be issued pro rata refunds on June 6 Last week, I reported that legal tech startup Tali will be shutting down, effective June 30. Now I have another shut-down to report — SupportHound , a spousal support calculator for Oregon attorneys that used real cases to calculate how much and how long a spousal support award should be. SupportHound was founded in 2016 by Julie Gentili Armbrust , an attorney and family law mediator in Oregon.

Press Release: House of Commons, Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee: New Report: Economics of music streaming

Music Technology Policy

MPs heard evidence of different models to distribute streaming revenues, either the predominant pro-rata payment model or alternatives such as user-centric. MPs call for a ‘complete reset’ of music streaming to fairly reward performers and creators .

Pandora’s New “Lowery Clause” May Block Songwriters and Publishers from Suing Over Unmatched

Music Technology Policy

Decide for yourself what the purpose of the Lowery Clause might be (par 6(a)(v)), with language that will be the source of litigation or defenses to litigation highlighted: Pro-Rata Share Discrepancies [Deceptive tilting, is this also the 100% share unmatched?]: [A version of this post first appeared in the MusicTechPolicy Monthly].

Copyright Royalty Board Gives SoundExchange Permission to Use Proxy Information to Distribute Royalties

Broadcast Law Blog

" In other words, SoundExchange will be distributing the money pro rata based on the information that it has for the songs on which similar services did accurately report. What does SoundExchange do when it collects royalties from an Internet radio operator, but the operator doesn't provide complete information about the songs that were played?

How Much Do Artists Earn Online?

Music Technology Policy

Because Spotify accounts on a pro-rata share of revenue for indie artists, you have to make an assumption about what the revenue will be on average. Excellent graph from Information is Beautiful: [link]. This graph may not be exactly correct on the number of streams at the Spotify end of the equation, but I think it is spot on–so to speak–on the relative numbers. I think that the Spotify payout rate they use is a little low now although it may have been correct in 2010.

SESAC Royalties for Commercial Radio Slashed By More Than Half – Both SESAC and RMLC Claim Victory in Arbitration

Broadcast Law Blog

RMLC had claimed that SESAC should get a royalty based on a pro rata percentage of the fees payable to ASCAP. It was announced this week that SESAC’s royalties for radio for the period starting at the beginning of 2016 through the end of 2018 have been slashed – being reduced to less than half what they were in 2015.

RMLC Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against GMR And Seeks to Enjoin New Music License Fees on Radio Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

GMR is a new performing rights organization (PRO), founded by music industry heavyweight Irving Azoff. RMLC (the Radio Music License Committee) is asking in its lawsuit that, initially, GMR be enjoined from licensing its catalog of songs for more than a rate that represents the pro rata share of its catalog to those of the other PROs while its broader antitrust action is litigated to establish an appropriate mechanism for determining those rates in the future.

Illinois Biometric Privacy Suit over Collection of Fingerprints Settled

New Media and Technology Law

13, 2013 to August 11, 2016) will receive a pro rata share of the settlement. Earlier this month, an Illinois state court approved a $1.5 million settlement in a class action against L.A. Tan Enterprises, Inc., operator (directly and through franchisees) of L.A. Tan tanning salons. The settlement resolved allegations that L.A.

SpiralFrog Is Gone, Myspace Music Is Here

The Digital Lowdown

Essentially, there is a pool of money each quarter and a content provider gets a pro rata share of a percentage of it. The success of MSM is not going to be judged solely on the pro rata share of ad revenue that a track has. I don't know if you would call it the big news of last week. But the demise of SpiralFrog, an advertising revenue-based music service, certainly is interesting news for anyone following the world of digital music stores.

RMLC Files Antitrust Suit Against SESAC - What Does It Mean For Broadcasters?

Broadcast Law Blog

All SESAC licenses are blanket licenses that give stations the right to use all the music in the SESAC catalog, but are not reduced by any pro rata amount should any music be directly licensed. Last week, the Radio Music License Committee (“RMLC” – see our article about the RMLC ), filed a complaint in US District Court for the Southern District of New York against SESAC, arguing that SESAC is a monopoly and should be treated like ASCAP and BMI.

A Deal Between Entercom and Big Machine Records To Give the Record Company a Royalty on Over-the-Air Broadcasting

Broadcast Law Blog

The percentages agreed to in these deals are, in reality, likely not percentages of either companies’ revenues, but instead a pro rata share of those revenues, computed based on the amount of Big Machine music played by the Clear Channel or Entercom stations.

Guest Post by Stephen Carlisle: ASCAP and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DOJ Decision That’s Going to Create Chaos in the Music Industry

Music Technology Policy

So, ASCAP cannot, by the very plain text of the consent decree, continue to license and collect the share of a former member who has licensed his share to another PRO. Because your rationale for reading into the consent decrees the 100% licensing rule is that a PRO writer agrees to license everything in which they have an ownership interest to their PRO. In other words, DOJ, you’ve just recommended that composers breach their licensing agreements with their own PRO’s.

DOES MUSIC HAVE VALUE?

The Digital Lowdown

Then a portion of the ad revenue is shared with the labels on a pro-rata basis. At most panels on the future of the music business, there is almost always a discussion about the value of music. Does music have an intrinsic value or does it have value to promote the sale of other goods? I often find myself in the minority opinion in such debates. In my opinion, the short answer is: “yes”. Music does and should have a specific retail value.

Another Royalty Payment for Webcasters? EMI Withdraws From ASCAP For New Media Licensing

Broadcast Law Blog

As SESAC is often able to require royalties from users that seem higher than those that would be due to it if it was paid on a strictly pro rata basis, these kinds of concerns arise from time to time. Just as webcasters thought that they had their royalty obligations figured out, there comes news that the already complicated world of digital media royalties may well become more complicated.