Fairness Rocks News Songwriters Are Already Fighting For Better Pay. But in 2021, They Face an Even Bigger Battle


Fairness Rocks News Songwriters Are Already Fighting For Better Pay. But in 2021, They Face an Even Bigger Battle

Home Industry News Songwriters Are Already Fighting For Better Pay. But in 2021, They Face an Even Bigger Battle

Author: Tim Ingham

Date: June 15, 2020

Original Source: Rolling Stone

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Songwriters Are Already Fighting For Better Pay. But in 2021, They Face an Even Bigger Battle

Professional songwriters are currently locked in a legal battle with the likes of Spotify and Amazon over how much they get paid in the United States. By next year, it could become an all-out war.

The current battle is taking place because streaming services have appealed against a rise in mechanical streaming royalties for songwriters. These services used to pay songwriters and publishers a headline royalty rate of 10.5% of their annual US streaming revenues. This “all in” number covered both mechanical and performance royalties. In November 2018, the government-mandated Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) said that, for five years from 2018 onwards, this “all in” rate would rise by around 1% annually, up to 15.1% in 2022.

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