Rhapsody及其Napster串流服務就集體訴訟達成和解需支付高達1000萬美元

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  • Rhapsody及其Napster串流服務就集體訴訟達成和解需支付高達1000萬美元

      201904/0913:59

    ◎代表音樂人和藝人倡導者David Lowery及其他詞曲創作者的律師事務所已提出動議,要求初步批准一項和解協議,該協議將由Rhapsody及其Napster音樂串流服務支付高達1000萬美元給自費出版發行的詞曲創作者。

    ◎這項在美國北加州地方法院提交的和解協議,將支付自費出版發行的詞曲創作者有在美國版權局註冊而在Rhapsody播放的每首作品35美元,以及未註冊而在Rhapsody播放超過24次的每首作品1美元,最高額度到1000萬美元。全國音樂出版商協會已經與Rhapsody達成和解,去年一宗類似的獨立藝人集體訴訟與Spotify達成的和解金額為4200萬美元。

    ◎Rhapsody還同意創建一個年度預算為至少3萬美元的藝人顧問委員會,以推廣該服務作為一個對創作者友好的平台,並增加一個藝人推薦轉介計劃,為他們轉介的每個訂閱者向藝人支付10美元的費用。

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    The law firm representing musician and artist advocate David Lowery and other songwriters has filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement that will see self-published songwriters paid as much as $10 million by Rhapsody and it's Napster music streaming service.

    The settlement, filed in the US District Court Of Northern California will pay self-published songwriters $35 for every composition that Rhapsody played that is registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, and $1 for every unregistered composition the service played at least 24 times with a cap of $10 million.

    The national Music Publishers Association has already settled with Rhapsody, and a similar indie artists class action settlement with Spotify was settled for $42 million last year.

    Rhapsody has also agreed to create an artist advisory board with an annual budget of at least $30,000 to promote the service as a creator-friendly platform, and add an artist referral program that pays artists $10 fee for each subscriber they refer.

    "We weren't just looking at money," attorney Sanford Michelman told Billboard. "Artists also have non-economic rights, as well as this board and a voice on business practices."

    Hypebot will follow the settlement and let independent artists know how they can collect their fair share.

     

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