March 16, 2012

Article: Trouble Between Spotify & Major Labels?


Sean Parker had some words for a crowd at a SXSW conference this week.. Are we on the brink of another big label, start-up turned powerhouse showdown? Is Spotify in the wrong or are labels not compensating enough for streaming services in their current contracts? [DMN]

“There’s definitely some dissent brewing between the labels, the publishing companies and the artists, and really a lot of it has to do with older licensing schemes.

There are a lot of artists whose contracts are written in such a manner that they aren’t getting paid for what’s happening on streaming services.

So there’s blood in the water. There’s a war coming, and they’re going to have to deal with it. But Spotify has to remain neutral; the biggest contribution we can make is transparency.”

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