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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Songwriters Criticized Google and SoundCloud

UK Songwriters Criticized Google and SoundCloud

UK Songwriters Criticized Google and SoundCloud

Added: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The UK Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors criticized Google and SoundCloud – by clear reference, if not by name. In his speech, the head of the body focused on the licensing arguments around streaming music, putting particular emphasis on companies that he believes are not respecting songwriters.


According to his words, while streaming is becoming the dominant way of listening to music, it has yet to prove that it can provide a viable income for songwriters, because “some companies exploit safe harbor provision” to avoid paying fair value for music. The speech was addressed directly to tech firms whose search engines provide links to software enabling Internet users to steal songs from a service that is only licensed to stream. Apparently, this reference was aimed squarely at Google and software that allows to rip audio from its YouTube video service.

Other references were clearly made to SoundCloud – for instance, the words that songwriters get paid only if it monetizes their works. Indeed, SoundCloud has historically not paid royalties, but last year it launched the initiative to sell adverts and share the revenues with musicians. Since then, the service has paid out over $2m in royalties and continues negotiations with music labels.

Criticism of the music body came shortly after Sony Music decided to remove its catalogue from SoundCloud due to a “lack of monetization opportunities”. Today, the issue of the money earned by music creators from streaming is a hot topic, closely related to the discussions around how much performers make from YouTube or Spotify.

At the same time, songwriters and music publishers also express discontent with the fact that record labels get a much bigger share of the royalties paid out by streaming services.

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Date:  Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-07-01 02:43:31)
kbsoftware avatarYou will never be able to satisfy the music industry even you give them everything including your soul it still not enough. And there are so many parts to the industry to try and satisfy all the bodies all around the world I just don't see how it can be done. And that's not to mention how they always fail to innovate, to grow etc. so every time there is new technology they just cry like little babies blaming everyone else for their laziness. I say screw the entire industry it's their fault they are in this mess anyways. And that's my cents

posted by (2015-07-01 10:18:00)
Faceless42001 avatarGood, since when do singers need to be millionaires anyway? Losing that money will be an incentive to go to college and get a real job and maybe help the country.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-07-01 10:59:13)
analogkid6103 avatarThey need to join with us,it could not be any worse for them. After all the evil is in the corporate money machine thats been running for over a hundred years, not us. Im all for the creators of the content I share. The true enemy is the machine but I sound like a conspircy guy, so I will STFU. Im just saying though....

posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanTurtle (2015-07-01 15:41:21)
Waz avatarWhat they moaning about that they can't afford another gold downstairs bog my heart goes out to them hahaha

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