Streaming and the Embarrassment of COVID Riches

Music Technology Policy

We’re starting to see a narrative emerging from the digital music services in reaction to artists chafing under the misery of streaming royalties. It goes something like this: Streaming services pay 69¢ of each dollar for royalties.

UK Parliament’s Inquiry into the Economics of Streaming

Music Technology Policy

Thanks to the #BrokenRecord campaign and especially Tom Gray of Gomez, the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee is conducing an inquiry into the economics of streaming. If you're interested in artist rights and the streaming corrosion, this will be must-see TV. Watch on Parliament TV: Economics of music streaming or on @CommonsDCMS.

The MTP Podcast: The Truth About Streaming Royalties

Music Technology Policy

Chris Castle on how the streaming royalty allocation guarantees a declining royalty for artists. The Trichordist Streaming Price Bible for 2018 . Arithmetic on the Internet: The Ethical Pool Solution to Streaming Royalty Allocation . MTP Podcasts Streaming Meltdown MTP Podcast streaming royaltiesSHOW NOTES. BBCtrending: The mystery tracks being ‘forced’ on Spotify users–another explanation .

20 Questions for New Artists Sidebar: The Economic Reality of Streaming

Music Technology Policy

Streaming is all the rage. Because of the industry standard revenue share method of dividing up royalties, all artists essentially get a market share allocation of streaming service revenue based on the number of streams. What this means in simple math is that streaming royalties on a per-stream basis will always decline over time (see also Mathusianism ). It’s pretty safe to say that all new artists get hosed on streaming royalties.

David Crosby’s Streaming Royalties

Music Technology Policy

News from the Goolag Streaming Meltdown David CrosbyDavid Crosby was in this band called The Byrds which covered “Mr. Tambourine Man” aka Bob Dylan’s first #1 hit as a songwriter. Then he was in another band called Crosby Stills Nash & Young. He’s done a lot of other things, too, but I mention those two bands because each of those bands were inducted into the Rock Hall.

The Ethical Pool Future: Will Fans Cut the Cord to Big Streaming Services if Artists Leave?

Music Technology Policy

I wrote up my take on “user-centric royalties” a few weeks ago in a post titled “ Arithmetic on The Internet: The Ethical Pool Solution to Streaming Royalty Allocation. ” The post has been widely read in the artist community and stimulated conversation about the current model of royalty allocation by streaming services that artists like Sharky Laguana have led the debate on. Everybody knows that the boat is leaking.

We are Not Blind to the Harsh Economic Realities of Streaming: An Interview with an Indie Publisher

Music Technology Policy

[Following is an interview with a reader who is an independent publisher about how they view the future for songwriters and independent publishers in the streaming upside down world to the right of the decimal place. Chris Castle/MTP : I want to ask you about challenges in the streaming reality for an independent publisher. YES, it seems as though GETTING at least a penny rate per stream, would be SOMETHING at least, better than all the units practically accounted AS free goods!

Missing Music On Streamed TV Programs Highlights Rights Issues for Podcasters and Video Producers

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the NY Times ran an interesting article, here , about how many old TV programs now available on streaming services are missing music that was featured on the original broadcast. While not mentioned in the article, for many radio broadcasters one of the series most missed on streaming services is the industry favorite WKRP in Cincinnati.

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Guest Post by @sarahickman: Streaming Royalties Are Ending Opportunities for Working Musicians — Artist Rights Watch

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Sara Hickman on how the economics of streaming is hollowing out the “middle class musician” and devouring the music business from the ground up. via Guest Post by @sarahickman: Streaming Royalties Are Ending Opportunities for Working Musicians — Artist Rights Watch. irespectmusic campaign Austin Music Songwriter News Streaming Meltdown Sara Hickman streaming royalties

Don’t Come Crying to Me: Streaming Royalty Comparison

Music Technology Policy

The chart is based on The Trichordist’s “Streaming Price Bible” As we watch Daniel Ek gorge himself on stock market riches, who is either a royalty deadbeat or the savior of the music business depending on who you believe, here’s some numbers from the Washington Post to comfort you if you didn’t trade royalties for stock.

Music Publishers Win Major Copyright Fight Over Streaming of Legendary Rock Concerts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A federal judge concludes that Wolfgang's Vault lacked requisite license to stream hundreds of iconic songs. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Useless Streaming Artist Data: You Know Where to Put the Thumb

Music Technology Policy

Pandora and Spotify (among others) have made a big deal out of providing “data” and “analytics” about streaming uses to artists–and particularly managers–about how the artist is performing on their respective services. You know–the fan of the artist who most likely was driven to the service by the artist they are streaming. CNBC did a little fact checking on streaming data provided by iHeart Radio analyzing the recent Grammy nominees.

Chris Castle on Artist’s Right to Streaming Exclusives

Music Technology Policy

Exclusives Spotify Spotify Meltdown artist rights Chris Castle Podcast Colaborator Streaming Exclusivevia @colaboratorpcn: Douglas Caballero interviews Chris Castle — Artist Rights Watch.

COVID Misery Index Rent is Too Damn High Edition

Music Technology Policy

You will no doubt hear a lot of handwringing and excuse making from various sectors about why you only think that streaming royalties are low–Spotify will tell you that they pay billions for their 30%+ margin (comparable to luxury goods retailers).

Showtime Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit Over Failed Mayweather-McGregor Streams

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Grainy video, errors and buffering streams weren't what fans paid $99 to see, according to the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Hollywood Docket: Musicians Guild Sues Major Labels Over Streaming Revenue

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Foreign streaming and non-permanent downloads are the subject of the guild's latest big legal move. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music THR Online Sony Music The Walt Disney Company Universal Music Group Warner Music Group

D.C. Sets New Webcasting Rates: Free Streams Up, Paid Streams Down (With an Asterisk)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Pandora and other webcasters will have to pay more for free streams, while webcasters with a paid offering (including Pandora) will get some relief. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business Billboard

Enrique Iglesias Sues Universal Music Over Streaming Royalties

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Latin superstar alleges he's getting a small fraction of the 50 percent royalty rate he believes is dictated by contract. Expect more lawsuits on this front. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Sony Reaches Settlement Over Streaming Royalties to 'American Idol' Stars

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A lawsuit put the spotlight on whether digital revenue was trickling down to recording artists like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood in an equitable manner. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against VidAngel's Streaming Service

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"Star Wars is still Star Wars, even without Princess Leia’s bikini scene," states the opinion. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Must Read: Martin Mills on Billboard Streaming Charts

Music Technology Policy

In case you haven’t noticed, Billboard and The Official Charts have begun including streaming in measuring chart ranking. Now think about that for a minute–in a world where artists like Taylor Swift are windowing with great success how can you ever think that it’s a good idea to use streaming as a way of measuring success? In the USA it’s already started to happen, with the Billboard consumption chart, that combines album sales, streams, and track sales.

@TaylorSwift13 Thinks Outside the Stream to Bridge the Value Gap

Music Technology Policy

There are several myths about streaming, but none so prevalent as the “savior” trope, which streaming services are doing their best to splice into the DNA of the music business. Without streaming, we are told, then piracy: “Streaming stops piracy” Piracy, of course, is a constant, and is factored into sales these days as a limiting factor. How was this received at the dominant streaming platform?

The Debate Over Streaming Music

Media Law Prof Blog

Companies that stream music are exploring the problems of making money, and keeping customers, musicians, and critics, happy. More here from the Guardian

Americana Music Conference Goes Down the Streaming Rabbit Hole

Music Technology Policy

No, no, which streaming service do you think gets the award for “Most Insulting”? I think there are any number of artists and songwriters who could give the AMAs a master class in what it really means to be an artist or songwriter in a streaming world. A conference has to make a buck, you know? We all understand that, and the Americana Music Conference is no exception.

Viacom Sues Cablevision Over iPad Streaming

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Eriq Gardner Fight over mobile and tablet TV streaming heats up. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Television Business

Fox Sues to Stop TV Streaming Service Barrydriller.com

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The network claims that the service violates its copyrights by streaming its LA station's signal without permission. read more

DOJ Seeking to End Movie Studio and Theater Antitrust Decrees amidst Streaming Competition – A New Opportunity in Theatrical Distribution?

New Media and Technology Law

The streaming wars are upon us. Moreover, the FCC recently voted to treat streaming services as “effective competition” to traditional cable providers (or MVPDs), thereby triggering basic cable rate de-regulation in parts of Hawaii and Massachusetts. Notably, the DOJ cites streaming services and new technology as a few of the many reasons that the Decrees may no longer be necessary in what the DOJ official sees as today’s highly competitive, consumer-driven content market.

Transparency Starts Upstream for Streaming Royalties

Music Technology Policy

We’ve seen stories recently about various successes for artists in negotiations with major labels about “transparency” in the payment of the artist’s share of streaming royalties received by record companies. But remember how the money flows for artists in the case of ad supported streaming services: Advertiser → Ad Network → Service → Label/Aggregator → Artist. Remember–most streaming royalties are a share of the service’s advertising revenue.

Canadian Users and Streaming US Content

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas of Fasken Martineau discusses provider liability in the case of Canadian users who "jump the geofence" in order to watch streamed US content. Ariel A. Read more here

Fight Over Sony Music's Streaming Income May Be Headed to Appeals Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

19 Recordings is challenging a judge's recent decision to dismiss a claim that Sony breaches it duties by treating streamed music a certain way. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Music Industry Majors Sue Hip-Hop Streaming Site Spinrilla

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

“Spinrilla specializes in ripping off music creators by offering thousands of unlicensed sound recordings for free," says the RIAA. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

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“This is What the Truth Looks Like” for Streaming

Music Technology Policy

In what is becoming a pattern, overall revenues are nearly flat, higher margin sales are significantly down and micro-margin streaming is significantly up. That is–could it be that streaming is eating digital download revenue? The headline number as reported by Billboard is that per stream rates are down 24%. billion streams — and for 2014 — of 164.5 Billboard did a service by identifying the per stream rate.

Taylor Swift Out of the Stream

Media Law Prof Blog

Taylor Swift has pulled her catalog from Spotify and other streaming outlets, apparently over problems with receipts of royalties. More here from the Guardian, here from Time Magazine (in an article which discusses Spotify''s attempt to respond to her concerns

Adele’s New Record is Not on Online Streaming Services – Except Where It Is – The Difference Between Interactive and Noninteractive Streaming

Broadcast Law Blog

Adele’s decision to not stream her new CD “ 25 ” on services like Apple Music and Spotify has been the talk of the entertainment press pages – like this article from the New York Times. But, in fact, if you listen to an Internet radio service , like a Pandora, iHeart Radio, Accuradio, the streams of over-the-air radio stations, or any of the myriad of other “noninteractive services” that are available online, you will hear music from 25.

Korean Networks Win $65 Million From "Pirate" Streaming Service

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a default judgment, a California judge ruled against the companies behind the TVPad device. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

9th Circuit Begins Live Audio Streaming Today

Media Law

Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will offer live audio streaming of all oral arguments beginning today, it announced last week. ” Audio streaming begins today with oral arguments from the federal courthouse […] The post 9th Circuit Begins Live Audio Streaming Today appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. The 9th U.S.

Hollywood Docket: Floyd Mayweather, Showtime Sue to Preempt Pirate Streaming

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plus settlements over a death on a Discovery Channel show and the rights to the Sherlock film 'Mr. Holmes.' read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online Discovery Channel Floyd Mayweather Jr. Miramax Films Showtime The Weinstein Company Silver Linings Playbook

It Ain’t Ph?: What if Streaming Went Away?

Music Technology Policy

and I wish I could say that his article in today’s New York Times “ In Shift to Streaming, Music Business Has Lost Billions ” kept pace with his other work. The next bit of rubbish you will hear to justify why these people should keep their jobs is that streaming supposedly is more profitable than CDs. How much do you think it costs to render an accounting statement for 1 billion streams? And then came streaming. ANTHONY BOURDAIN.

Save the Music: From Sampling to Streaming

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Services such as Lala.com offer free streaming for many releases, from the most popular down to the fairly obscure. Taking advantage of this, audioblogs and music review sites have incorporated the streaming into their sites, offering simple previews that could replace illegal downloading as the most effective sampling tool. Instead, the industry should push Apple to incorporate streaming music into the program. "Hi, my name's Iggy, please purchase my music."

Who benefits from ad supported streaming? Three guesses.

Music Technology Policy

What do you pay for when you pay for a subscription to an ad supported service like Spotify or Pandora? It stops being ad supported. So who benefits from that? Fans and artists who hate advertising. Artists who get a higher royalty rate. Who doesn’t benefit? Well, who do ya think? Here’s a risk factor from Pandora’s SEC filing that gives you a hint: We rely upon an agreement with DoubleClick, which is owned by Google, for delivering and monitoring our ads.

Redbox Says Disney Engaging in Copyright Misuse to Protect Coming Streaming Service

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Disney is seeking an injunction to prevent Redbox from disassembling "combo packs" and selling movie download codes separately. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

NAB Announces Agreements with Sony and Warner to Waive Performance Complement and Other Statutory Requirements for Broadcasters Who Stream Their Signals

Broadcast Law Blog

The NAB has announced agreements with Sony and Warner Music Groups to waive certain of the statutory requirements for broadcasters who stream their over-the-air signals on the Internet. But those agreements expired at the end of 2015, giving rise to fears among some broadcasters that some standard broadcast programming could not be streamed on the Internet (see our article here about those concerns).

Eros Beats Investor Suit Over Statements About Streaming Platform

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The company touted 30 million users for Eros Now. The judge rules it was never said they were "meaningful" users. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online