The MTP Podcast: The Truth About Streaming Royalties

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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

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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. Or ([Net Revenue/All Streams] * Your Streams).

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

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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. Ethical Pool News from the Goolag Streaming Meltdown Apple Music Cord Cutting Danny Michel Spotify YouTub

David Crosby’s Streaming Royalties

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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.

Zoë Keating Gives More Evidence of the Streaming Hyper-Efficient Market Share Royalty Headlock on Indie Artists #irespectmusic

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Those 2,252,293 streams netted me $12,231, which is 39.2% And then there’s this: Ethical Pool Streaming Meltdown streaming royalties zoe keatingIn 2018 my music was listened to on Spotify for 190k hours by 241,631 people.

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

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[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!

Don’t Come Crying to Me: Streaming Royalty Comparison

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The chart is based on The Trichordist’s “Streaming Price Bible”

Chris Castle on Artist’s Right to Streaming Exclusives

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

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

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

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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

@TaylorSwift13 Thinks Outside the Stream to Bridge the Value Gap

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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. How was this received at the dominant streaming platform?

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

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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.

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

Americana Music Conference Goes Down the Streaming Rabbit Hole

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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.

Enrique Iglesias Sues Universal Music Over Streaming Royalties

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

Must Read: Martin Mills on Billboard Streaming Charts

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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. How much do you think it costs to render an accounting statement for 1 billion streams? ANTHONY BOURDAIN.

Save the Music: From Sampling to Streaming


Services such as offer free streaming for many releases, from the most popular down to the fairly obscure. Instead, the industry should push Apple to incorporate streaming music into the program. "Hi, my name's Iggy, please purchase my music."

The Debate Over Streaming Music

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

Who benefits from ad supported streaming? Three guesses.

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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?

Elizabeth @SenWarren Sides With The Streaming Service Not Paying Songwriters Against Streaming Service That Does — The Trichordist

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Doesn’t Sen Warren know songwriters are the small businesses and middle class of the streaming world, not Spotify? via Elizabeth @SenWarren Sides With The Streaming Service Not Paying Songwriters Against Streaming Service That Does — The TrichordistKettle meet pot.

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

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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

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“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


Eros Beats Investor Suit Over Statements About Streaming Platform

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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

Russian-Language Video Service eTVnet Sued for Allegedly Streaming Stolen Content

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The suit claims the service is harming competitors, customers and copyright owners. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Transparency Starts Upstream for Streaming Royalties

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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.

Hollywood Studios File Suit Against Service Streaming $1 Movies

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Warner, Fox and Disney want an injunction against VidAngel, which sells films for $20 before buying them back for $19. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Canadian Users and Streaming US Content

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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

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

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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

Guest Post by @poedavid: “Dance Like Nobody’s Paying?” Spotify isn’t

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Everyone loves streaming. But more than half a century later, most streaming services contend that a song isn’t worth a penny. But streaming in 2019 forces music makers and fans into the middle of a moral hazard. At about $0.0002 per stream, Google/YouTube is even worse. .

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The.00005¢ Handshake: More Reasons Why No Talent Buyer Cares About Streaming

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Streaming services like Pandora and Spotify try to get artists to believe that their various artist data programs can have an affect on touring as in if you have activity in a particular location you’ll be able to tour there.

“This is What the Truth Looks Like” for Streaming

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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.

Join Me For A Live-Streaming Conversation with Ralph Baxter, Former Orrick Chair, on Litera TV

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As part of its response to the coronavirus crisis, the document automation company Litera has launched Litera TV , a daily live stream of interviews, educational programs, and tips around legal tech and legal practice.

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Here Comes the New Dark Age: Blanket Licenses for Everything Based on MMA

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It created a new blanket license for musical compositions, covering downloads and interactive streaming. Four of those examples either have no music licenses at all or had to be dragged kicking and streaming into legality.

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

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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.

Taylor Swift Out of the Stream

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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

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

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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