Streaming music has always been a marketplace, and leading companies did not have a lot of positive things to say about each other. But things have become especially urgent this week when a small adjustment to US copyright law – which actually happened a whole year ago and again through a new development – broke the chain of public accusations among stream companies, songwriters and music business associations.
This is a complex issue that surrounds a tightly formatted court document of 119 pages, so here is a simplified statement of noise.
What is the problem?
In January 2018, a panel of judges from three judges determining fees for the payment of digital music increased the amount of money that services such as Spotify should pay to songwriters ̵
A few streaming services last week (Amazon, Google / YouTube, Pandora and Spotify) announced they would challenge the ruling saying that they believe that raising the rate will bring more harm than the benefits to the music industry. . Another form of payment that is less "economically incapable". Although appeals to the CRB are not rare – creators and distributors often seek out how much money is different – several songwriters, such as Justin Tenter, called this move "disgraceful" and the NMPA played "shamefully," and the NMPA disassembled .
Is Spotify really bringing the authors of the songs to court?
No – and Spotify has taken care to explain this in the blog itself, writing that his question relates to the new bets set out in the CRB decision. Although "it's natural that everyone wants a bigger piece of cake [the revenue]," Spotify said, the rates CRB decided to make is too hard to offer discounted packages that are needed to get new customers to music streaming services.
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Apple is the only major broadcast service that does not participate. She took advantage of this position by issuing a long statement in the day that Spotify sued the creators of music, and Apple Music – to the artist, because she accepts the current CRB plan for higher bids. "It's not just a mistake, it's a real, significant and harmful step back for the music industry," Apple said in its blog. "Under the rhetoric, Spotify's goal is to make more money for the work of others." Apple had another motive for publicly pointing its finger at Spotify: a completely separate lawsuit against the Swedish streaming service for a 30% commission is currently under way
And what is now?
Four stream services that are against the new CRB rate will now file their appeal to the US Court of Appeal for the DC-chain, and the dispute may take years. Some analysts offer all the benefits of making decisions such as forcing the audience to pay more for monthly current subscriptions, which would bring more money to the song and streaming companies. But nothing indicates that – or something else – will happen in the near future. So far, the most important thing that brought the whole bout of the streaming industry is a group scream.