Led Zepplin guitarist joins call for equitable streaming payments to songwriters

British songwriter, guitarist and founding member of Led Zepplin, Jimmy Page, has added his voice to the campaign for digital music streaming companies to make fairer payments to songwriters.

He made the comments in an open letter he felt “compelled” to write in response to a recent inquiry into streaming services by the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

“I fully appreciate the dilemma surrounding streaming royalties that should be rightfully paid to all musicians and writers who made the music,” said Page. “The sooner the streaming companies can make fair payments to all musicians whose music is played on or viewed via the internet, and to pay fair royalties to those who give us great pleasure from those who are exploiting it, the better.⁣”

Read more at www.digitalmusicnews.com.

(This article was written for and originally published at Fair Trade Music International.)

(Photography by Andrew Smith, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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