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Billy Bragg – suing file-sharers is killing music

UK musician Billy Bragg is furious at attempts by major labels and the music industry groups they dominate to prevent file-sharing, saying they don’t understand musicians, don’t understand fans, and don’t get the new age.

On suing file-sharers, he was incensed, “You know who the pirates are?” he thundered during the closing moments of EconMusic yesterday. “The pirates are our fans, when you sue our fans, you drive our fans away,” he yelled, arguing that the industry must change if it has any chance of survival.

What really annoys Bragg is that music labels demand the lion’s share of income from new start-ups and music services, “That’s my income stream you’re pissing with,” he exclaimed, urging labels to pay a higher percentage to artists in the digital age.
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Dandy Warhols turn to Last.fm

Last.fm today announced the Dandy Warhols have joined Last.fm’s Artist Royalty Program, enabling them to accrue royalties for their self-released album “Earth to the Dandy Warhols” directly from the global free music site.
The Artist Royalty Program enables artists that are not affiliated with a label or collecting agency to collect on-demand and streaming radio royalties directly from Last.fm each time their music is listened to on the site. Musicians gain access to detailed listening statistics on their music and see how much revenue each track accrues.

Earlier this year the Dandy Warhols started their own label, Beat the World Records, to release their eighth album Earth to the Dandy Warhols. 
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Allman Bros. sue over iTunes, ringtones

The Allman Brothers Band is suing Universal Music, demanding a higher slice of the money the label earns from selling songs online through services such as iTunes.

The band claims it’s the victim of “digital exploitation,” and demands more royalties from sales.

The Allman Brothers Band is demanding at least $13 million and additional royalties from sales of newly configured compact discs and digital downloads for use on telephone ring tones.
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iTunes’ 40%+ boost to musical royalties

iTunes helped boost songwriter royalties by over 40 per cent in the first six months of 2008, reports royalty collecting society, the MCPS-PRS Alliance.

Despite climbing digital sales, songwriters made 15% less money from CD sales in the first six months of the year as consumers chose to download music from the internet, figures have revealed.

The MCPS-PRS Alliance mid-year results show £74.7 million was made from sales of physical formats, such as CDs and DVDs, down from £82.3 million in the same period last year.
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Pan-EU licensing deal for music announced

Buma/Stemra, the Dutch music rights collecting society, and online electronic music retailer, Beatport, have announced the signature of a pan-European licensing agreement for authors’ rights in music..
The Beatport – Buma/Stemra licensing model provides the online music service provider with a one-stop-shop for all authors’ rights for music for 27 European countries.
The issue of multi-territorial licensing of music rights has been very much in the news over the past few days following the European Commission’s decision in the so-called CISAC competition case. The decision requires music collecting societies to end some anti-competitive practices opening the way to more multi-territorial licensing.
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Indie labels slam Last.fm on royalties and use

Indie music labels have slammed the artist royalty scheme announced by Last.fm yesterday, with the global rights body for independent music (Merlin) issuing an all-points bulletin in which it suggested Last.fm has been guilty of using music illegally in the past.
“The Program announced today does not appear to offer any compensation for any past illegal use of repertoire.  It is unclear to us whether or not the terms and conditions of the Program are intended to prevent master owners pursuing such compensation.
Last.fm yesterday announced a scheme in which unsigned acts could join its Artist Royalty Scheme, under which they get paid each time a track of theirs is streamed and played. The scheme has been ongoing, and was already available to major and indie labels and their acts. While Last.fm’s move is to be welcomed, indie label body Merlin has also been attempting to negotiate a non exclusive blanket licence and a settlement agreement for previous instances in which Last.fm has offered music for streaming without permission. However, those negotiations stalled, “in part because Last.fm has not been willing to admit to or to compensate for any prior illegal use of music,” Merlin said.
Merlin represents over 12,000 indie labels who between them hold a US music marketshare of 8 per cent. Independent sector global market share 2006 is 27.5%, )source Music & Copyright, Jul 2007).