Last night I posted this
It has since gone viral. It has also produced a remarkable display of ignorance on the part of many defending Spotify.
Not to single out this one person but it illustrates how little tech types know about the compulsory licenses and government set pricing schemes that subsidize these platforms.
Nice. A little classic brogrammer master-of-the-universe arrogance thrown in. I guess those songs just magically appear on those platforms.
Except that there is no supply and demand for songs. In order to “spur innovation” the federal government provided a compulsory license that allows streaming services to use our songs at a below market rate fixed by the Copyright Royalty Board. You can’t even get your songs off these services. Well that’s not always true. If you threaten to file a class action lawsuit for failing to pay the already abysmal royalty rate (among other things) then they will take your songs off the service. See below:
But the ignorance continues.
ALL the platforms mentioned, MTV, Radio and Labels also enjoy either a federal compulsory license or below market rates set by a single federal judge (see ASCAP/BMI rate court). Songwriters are forced by the federal government to subsidize all of these platforms since 1909, when the federal government mandated songwriters license their songs for mechanical reproduction at 2 cents a copy to “spur innovation” of record labels and player piano rolls.
Every one of these supposedly “innovative” platforms is essentially suckling at the breast of the federal government.
So lets have a poll