MC = musical composition, SR = sound recording, PP = public performance, MR = Mechanical Royalty (by which they really mean the so called “streaming mechanical” ).
Berklee College of Music/Rethink Music just issued a rather defensive follow up in response to our criticism of their original Kobalt Music/Google Ventures funded report on fair pay and transparency in the music business.
Well we must confess we’ve been laughing our asses off all day at these guys. Why? Because while Allan Bargfrede and Panos Panay have been busy taking the low road by suggesting we are luddites and comparing us to “birthers” (WTF right?), they’ve also been distributing digital royalty flow charts that are completely wrong . Guess they thought we stupid and ignorant artists wouldn’t notice.
There are at least two major errors in the flow charts above, maybe more depending on what the authors were trying to illustrate (it’s actually not clear). I teach a music publishing and digital royalties class at UGA. I teach undergraduates but I guarantee you that after week ten 90% of them will be able to spot the errors in these charts. I will be using these faulty charts on my tests in the fall!
So look I don’t want to come out and explain what’s wrong here. Let’s have a little fun here. First person to most accurately describe the flaws in this chart and submit a hand drawn “markup”, chalk, paper or whiteboard illustration of the errors gets $100 “professor whiteboard” prize! We will publish winning submission here.
Here is a link to a higher res copy.