No, Spotify and Amazon aren’t suing songwriters

Musicians, producers and composers are meeting against Spotify and Amazon's plans to "sue composers" for the increase in broadcast royalties. But the outrage is due to some erroneous information: Spotify and Amazon are not technically suing the composers, they are trying to appeal the decision of the United States Copyright Council (CRB) last year. Increase payment rates to composers by 44% over the next five years. as reported by Variety .

The CRB ruling issued in January last year, which sided with the National Association of Music Publishers (NMPA) and the Nashville International Composers Association, was just published this February, and opened an opportunity for companies to appeal Decision for a 30-day window. Now, Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon have come forward to appeal.

While the four technology giants plan to fight the ruling, Apple Music is the only broadcast service that does not file an appeal. In a statement issued on the appeal, NMPA president David Israelite praised Apple Music for "continuing to be a friend of the composers," but criticized Spotify and Amazon for their decision to "sue composers in a bid embarrassing to cut their payments in almost one. " third. "That statement seems to be where the misinformation comes from.

It is not known if the NMPA statement was published before Israel knew that Google and Pandora planned to file an appeal, since it does not mention those two companies. But the appointment of the Israelites gained strength in the music publications, causing outrage among the artists against the two companies on Twitter.

Therefore, while an appeal can be annoying news, musicians and composers should not worry too much for the result. Entertainment attorney Jeff Becker of Swanson, Martin & Bell tells The Verge that it was anticipated for some time that these platforms would take advantage of the opportunity to preserve their final balance through an appeal. He believes the court will probably be on the side of raising the royalty rate.

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