Andrew Orlowski asks why can’t Spotify find Ed Sheeran ? via @andreworlowski: Spotify wants to go public but can’t find Ed Sheeran (to pay him) — Artist Rights Watch
Spotify is rigging the shareholder voting rights in its soon to be public stock and also rigging songwriters rights to statutory damages in the Music Modernization Act. But they can’t stop shareholder derivative suits which may have them running for statutory damages at the end of the day.
Editor Charlie sez: Another songwriter group against the controversial Music Modernization Act! See the Songwriter’s Guild opposition letter here and read the legislation here.]
[A version of this post appeared in last month’s MusicTechPolicy Monthly.] While Spotify’s technocrats may be breathing a sigh of relief after the company’s most recent multimillion dollar settlement with songwriters, it is well to remember that the company is probably not anywhere close to out of the woods. As others have learned the hard […]
A combination of factors have gotten Spotify where it is now. Market conditions, bad management, arrogance, stiffing songwriters and getting too big, too fast. Until all those things change to one degree or another, it’s likely that the Spotify IPO myth will remain just that. via Spotify IPO Watch: Blame ≠ Profit — Music Tech Solutions
Songwriters are about to allow another digital service to launch with all the makings of another Spotify-style black box. How will Pandora use the new Copyright Office NOI filing rules to screw songwriters and will foreign societies allow a US user to benefit from blanket licensing when it is not fully licensed in the US?
It’s important to remember that David Lowery could have just sued Spotify over his own catalog. He didn’t do that. He brought a class action for the good of all songwriters who get overlooked and disrespected by Spotify and that’s a lot of people. I don’t know Melissa Ferrick, but I would bet the same […]
The Future of What is a great podcast series with the awesome Portia Sabin on important topics in the music business. In this episode, Portia dives into the class actions against Spotify with a series of interviews including songwriter (and plaintiff) Melissa Ferrick, Howell O’Rear, Christiane Kinney and me.
I’ve been reading over Spotify’s papers filed in response to David Lowery’s lawsuit against the company and noticed a couple of things. One that is hiding in plain sight, so to speak, the other that is quite a gloss on reality. The Case of the Purloined Stream Recall that Spotify has said several times that […]
“And if they could talk to one another, don’t you think they’d suppose that the names they used applied to the things they see passing before them?” The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, line 515b2. David Lowery is leading a class action lawsuit against Spotify for failing on what appears to be a massive scale […]