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CMU Digest 15.01.23: Common Music memo, new power help scheme, economics of streaming replace, LIVENow, Harry Types

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By Chris Cooke | Printed on Sunday 15 January 2023

The important thing tales from the final week within the music enterprise…

Common Music boss Lucian Grainge instructed his employees in a start-of-the-year memo that the way in which streaming monies are shared out must be modified to what he calls an “artist-centric” mannequin. Every streaming service at the moment allocates cash to every observe every month based mostly on what share of the overall variety of performs throughout the platform it counted for, with a play being counted at 30 seconds. Below that system, all tracks are handled equally, together with issues like rest music, background noise and generic children songs, which within the bodily period would have usually been bought on tremendous low-cost CDs. Makers of that content material additionally typically add shorter tracks in order that they get extra performs in complete. Many within the music neighborhood have criticized the truth that the present system treats that content material like another music and that, consequently, stated content material takes a not insignificant lower of the cash obtainable. Grainge did not give a lot element on this memo about how the system might be modified to favor what he sees as larger worth music, however stated his staff can be pushing for modifications of that sort this yr. [READ MORE]

The dwell music and night-time sectors criticized the UK authorities’s newly introduced plan to vary the way in which it helps companies dealing with surging power prices from April onwards. Since October there was a authorities backed power value cap masking enterprise utilization. Nevertheless, from April that shall be changed with a authorities backed low cost on power costs, which can present considerably much less help. Some sectors will profit from a better low cost, primarily industrial and manufacturing sectors which have excessive power consumption, but in addition issues like libraries and museums. Nevertheless, the upper stage of help is not going to be obtainable to venues and hospitality companies of any dimension, regardless of UK Chancellor Of The Exchequer Jeremy Hunt acknowledging the impression excessive power prices are having on small companies and hospitality companies in a letter to power regulator Ofgem. The brand new plan was criticized by LIVE, the Night time Time Industries Affiliation and the Music Venue Belief, who all warned that it’ll end in additional venues and golf equipment being compelled to shut. [READ MORE]

The UK Parliament’s tradition choose committee known as for “extra focus” on music-maker remuneration within the ongoing economics of streaming conversations. That committee printed a prolonged report on the economics of music streaming in 2021 calling for a “full reset” of the digital music enterprise and proposing varied reforms, together with modifications to copyright regulation. In response, the UK authorities’s Mental Property Workplace convened some committees and commissioned some analysis placing the highlight on knowledge points, transparency points and points round music-maker remuneration. Voluntary codes are at the moment being negotiated round knowledge and transparency to handle a number of the points raised. Nevertheless, on compensation there was analysis however no talks between trade stakeholders. In a brand new quick replace report, based mostly on a listening to it carried out late final yr, the choose committee stated that the IPO ought to set up “working teams on remuneration and performer rights to contemplate the present proof base and monitor developments in different international locations in these areas” . [READ MORE]

It emerged that UK amassing society PRS is utilizing livestreaming platform LIVENow. In its lawsuit, the society stated that LIVENow has streamed plenty of live shows – together with the headline grabbing Dua Lipa livestream in November 2020 – with out securing any licenses masking the efficiency and streaming of the songs contained in these exhibits. PRS launched a selected license masking livestreaming throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when livestreamed live shows grew to become a a lot larger deal. On the time there was criticism throughout the music neighborhood in regards to the growth and specifics of that license, however both means licenses are required masking any songs carried out in a livestream. PRS stated: “For greater than eighteen months, PRS For Music has positively engaged in licensing negotiations with LIVENow. These discussions stay unresolved and as such we’ve taken motion to defend the rights of our members and songwriters of different societies”. [READ MORE]

Harry Types went authorized to attempt to cease the sale of unofficial merchandise. He filed a trademark infringement lawsuit with the US courts accusing varied on-line operators of promoting merchandise that exploit their logos with out license. It might probably really be fairly arduous to establish who these operators are as a result of, as Types’ lawsuit acknowledged, “defendants try to keep away from and mitigate legal responsibility by working beneath a number of vendor aliases to hide each their identities and the complete scope and interworking of their counterfeiting operation”. There may be additionally a excessive probability they don’t function out of the US regardless of focusing on shoppers throughout the nation. With that in thoughts, Types’ lawsuit additionally seeks an injunction ordering on-line platforms like eBay, AliExpress, Alibaba, Amazon, Want, Walmart, Etsy and DHgate to cease itemizing merchandise that infringe the musician’s logos. [READ MORE]

READ MORE ABOUT: DCMS Choose Committee | Harry Types | Stay music Business Venues & Leisure (LIVE) | LIVE now | Lucian Grainge | Music Venue Belief | Night time Time Industries Affiliation (NTIA) | PRS For Music | Common Music

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