Streaming platforms to appeal against decision to increase songwriter royalties

A report published by Variety has described plans by Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon to team up in an appeal to overturn a U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling that could increase payouts to songwriters by 44%.

The four companies all filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals separately with Apple Music reportedly alone among the major streaming services in not planning to appeal.

Read the full article at Variety.

A later piece by the same publication looked into the public relations impact of this decision for Spotify especially. The article Apple Is the Real Winner in Spotify’s Battle Against Songwriters’ Rate Hike discussed how taking an equitable stance on the subject of music creator royalties could have a positive impact on market share and earnings in the future.

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