MERLIN is theoretically an organization that looks after the rights of independent labels and independent artists. Last month they made a high profile deal with Pandora. We knew what was gonna happen at the time. We knew that Pandora would use the deal as evidence in Copyright Royalty Board hearings to lower ALL OF OUR RATES. As RAIN reports
In a revealing document submitted to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), Pandora argues for lowered music licensing rates in the 2016-2020 statutory royalty period. The proposed rate range is about half the amount suggested by SoundExchange in its submission to the CRB. (See David Oxenford’s coverage here.) In its argument Pandora discloses aspects of its privately negotiated licensing agreement with indie-label coalition Merlin Network (RAIN coverage here).
Thanks Merlin. Thanks for the 50% pay cut. With friends like you who needs enemies? Could you be any stupider? Independent labels should hold MERLIN accountable. 50% pay cut. They just cost you millions of dollars. Hope someone at Merlin at least got some sort of kickback. At least then it would make sense.
And artists you know what time it is right? It’s time to break the system.