And it’s not just Victory….
Everyone in the music industry is abuzz with the news that
- Spotify failed to license much of the Victory Records song catalogue.
- Spotify failed to pay royalties on these songs.
- After Victory Records went public Spotify pulled the entire catalogue
Spotify spokesperson Jonathan Prince was quick to say this:
“We want to pay every [fraction of a] penny, but we need to know who [sic] to pay. The industry needs to come together and develop an approach to publishing rights based on transparency and accountability.”
No sorry that’s not how the law works. You have to have a license before you even use the song on a streaming service. That means you have to either contact the owner of the songs and directly negotiate a license. Or you can fall back on a slightly less convenient statutory license (Whereby the federal government compels the songwriter to license at a…
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