◎在音樂產業6月因「Blackout Tuesday」而放緩後，唱片公司和發行商BMG對其歷史唱片合約進行審核，以確定黑人藝人是否獲得了應得的報酬。英國廣播公司（BBC）報導。報告指出，在其四個唱片公司下，黑人和非黑人藝人的版權使用費之間存在“巨大差異”。據(Rolling Stone)指稱，BMG沒有說出四家唱片公司名稱，只是引用了數據保護合規性規定。在某些情況下，黑人藝人的版權費支出，降低了3.4％。
◎領導調查的BMG營運長(Ben Katovsky)表示，儘管差異不一定表明存在偏見，但差異的實例，足以引起人們的密切關注。執行長(Hartwig Masuch)敦促其他主要音樂公司與他們一起審查唱片交易。BMG是第一個進行此類調查的公司。(Ben Katovsky)表示，公司曾經承諾將在30天之內完成審計，但發現調查工作比預期的要難。儘管這些合約可能是自願簽訂，具有完全的法律可執行性，但他認為可以做得更好，公司將提出實現此一目標的建議。
◎BMG成立於2008年，並於2009年至2016年間收購了其大部分目錄，其中包括(Nina Simone)和(Grandmaster Flash)等藝人。
A report commissioned after Blackout Tuesday finds “significant disparities” between payouts to Black and non-Black artists across four labels
In June, soon after the music industry slowdown for “Blackout Tuesday,” the label and publisher BMG launched an audit into its historical record contracts to determine whether Black artists were fairly compensated. Today, it has revealed its first findings, the BBC reports. Under four of its labels, the report says, there were “significant disparities” between royalty payouts for Black and non-Black artists. BMG did not name the four labels, citing data protection compliance regulations, according to Rolling Stone. In some cases, royalty payouts for Black artists were 3.4 percent lower.
“While difference is not necessarily evidence of bias, there were instances of differences that are significant enough that they warrant closer attention,” said BMG COO Ben Katovsky, who led the investigation. “We will follow this through to its conclusion.” CEO Hartwig Masuch urged other major music companies to join them in reviewing record deals; BMG is the first to conduct such an investigation.
The label had pledged to complete its audit in 30 days, but found the investigation harder to conduct than expected, Katovsky told Rolling Stone. He added, “While these legacy contracts may have been entered into willingly, are fully legally enforceable and we paid the previous owners full market value for them, we feel we can do better. We will shortly bring forward proposals designed to do just that.”
BMG was founded in 2008 and acquired most of its catalog, which includes artists such as Nina Simone and Grandmaster Flash, between 2009 and 2016.
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