Spotify在與主流唱片公司的爭議中展開與他們的授權協商

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  • Spotify在與主流唱片公司的爭議中展開與他們的授權協商

      201905/0716:13

    ◎Spotify已經開始與全部的三大主流唱片公司和其他的權利持有人協商續簽其授權許可。Spotify今年必須與環球音樂、索尼音樂和華納音樂達成新的協議,這三大主流公司共同控制著Spotify目錄中大約三分之二的曲目。但在過去的三週內,Spotify先是向歐盟提出對Apple的反壟斷投訴,又向美國版權版稅局提出反對增加歌曲創作者的串流版稅,並在於印度推出串流服務時未與華納音樂集團的音樂出版部門Warner/Chappell達成協議而與華納開戰。後面這兩個與唱片公司和音樂出版商有關的爭議可能會使協議的達成變得更加困難。

    ◎權利持有人也非常關注他們可以從Spotify的免費方案中獲得的收入,特別是當Spotify擴展到更多的新興市場時,當地的聽眾更不可能為音樂付費,而為了那些極少數願意付費的人又必須訂出超低的訂閱價格。據英國金融時報報導,如果談判協商變得艱難,各方可以將目前的安排延長一年。

    詳細全文:

    Spotify has begun negotiations to renew its licencees with all three major labels and other rights holders. The talks begin with Spotify on the offensive against the music industry on multiple fronts.

    The streamer must reach new deals this year with Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music, which together control about two-thirds of Spotify's catalog.

    But in just the last three weeks, Spotify has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple in the EU, lodged an objection to an increase in songwriter streaming royalties with the US Copyright Royalty Board and became locked in battle with Warner Music Group after launching in India without a signed deal with its music publishing arm, Warner/Chappell.

    It's those last two disputes that most concern labels and music publishers, and will likely make coming to an agreement much more difficult.

    Rightsholders are also very concerned about the revenue they receive from Spotify's free tier, particularly as the streamer expands into more emerging markets with an audience far less likely to pay for music and ultra-low subscription pricing for those few that that do.

    If negotiations get tough, all sides could just extend their current arrangements for another year, reports The Financial Times.

     

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