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14th September 2017


The gloves are off now as the world's largest music publishers are gearing up for a major fight against Spotify.

The music streaming site has for some years been widely criticised for the pittance royalty rate it pays to artists and now it really has taken one step too far as last week, their attorneys decided that the reproductive mechanical license doesn't apply to streaming services.

In a nutshell, this means that the pittance royalty rate is now zero as Spotify have said they owe nothing to artists but thankfully, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) CEO David Israelite is challenging this.

The NMPA represents all of the major music publishers including Universal Publishing Music Group, Warner/Chappell and Sony/ATV and yesterday Israelite emailed Digital Music News with a very straightforward declaration of the next steps. Here's his statement in full:

"Per your reporting on the Spotify situation:

1. This is now a fight with all songwriters – not just a conflict with these particular plaintiffs. NMPA will be engaging in the manner and the terms of our choosing, but the one certain thing is we will win this fight.

2. Spotify's ridiculous argument that it does not owe royalties for mechanical reproductions spits in the face of every songwriter that has made Spotify's business even possible. This has been a settled legal issue for over 10 years. In two previous legal settlements. In the legal filings of Spotify in the Copyright Royalty Board. In the business practices of Spotify and all interactive streamers. And, in the public statements of Spotify's own employees. If Spotify does not withdraw this offensive and baseless claim, it will become public enemy number one to the entire songwriting community.

David Israelite
President & CEO
National Music Publishers' Association"

There is no information on what this challenge means for earlier, signed mechanical licensing settlements but Digital Music News say those settlements were "decried as a bargain by mega-publishers". They add that: "Israelite has countered that everyone was happy with the settlement — but that was before he took the gloves off."

We are urging all music fans to boycott Spotify and not use their 'services' until this matter is resolved as their business model is effectively based on blatant theft from the artists who create the music we love.

We will be watching developments on this matter closely and keeping you up to date. In the meantime, please help keep music alive by not using Spotify.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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