Why Innovate When You Can Legislate, Investigate and Intimidate? Spotify Wants Government to Save it From Competition

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A Timeline of Spotify hardball lobbying efforts with EU, State AGs, Executive branch, DOJ, FTC and Congress since hiring former Obama/Clinton administration official. 

We have been tempted to stay out of the debate over Apple Music and let the three big music tech companies Apple, Spotify and Google/YouTube rip each other apart.  After all,  real market competition from these companies for our recordings and songs could eventually lead to better pay for artists.

But we can’t sit this one out.   Why?   Because Spotify as usual seems to be up to its habitual dirty tricks using our money.  This time by hiring a recently departed Obama administration official and apparently using his revolving-door political connections and some of Pandora’s lobbyists to engage the U.S. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General to protect Spotify’s  untenable and money losing business model.  The end goal of these efforts WILL…

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Digital for Dummies – What Do we really understand?

http://www.petition2congress.com/17226/make-congress-pass-songwriters-equity-act/?fb_action_ids=10206211899755849&fb_action_types=og.recommends

So by now I’m really sure that quite a few people on the internet have seen this Petition as well as a few others sponsored by Creators, Artists, Ascap and MORE that are circulating on THIS issue as well.
And many people have signed these petitions too and have also sent their own personal letters direct to Congress too .

WHAT IS THIS WHOLE THING REALLY about ?

Did you know that just prior to 2006 Digital Streaming of Songs and Recordings became the newest thing on the horizon. And nobody really knew exactly how it worked but THAT Consumers could now pay a tiny yearly subscription fee and they would have access to all the music that they could listen to FOR ONE PRICE . And with Spotify,Pandora, IRadio,Rhapsody and many more services with a cheap subscriber fee suddenly everyday people innocently began streaming alot of their favorite music and then they kinda didnt feel that buying a physical CD or paying to download the whole album (was as attractive or necessary because YOU could hear the songs from it for basically nothing).

What people didnt know was that these streaming services USED a VERY old law called
The Consent Decree to OBTAIN the monetary rates by which they would pay for each stream of the SONG .
And this same law was bound TOGETHER with the Performing Rights Organizations like ASCAP,and BMI and THIS OLD LAW then FORCED every Songwriter who was with these organizations into A Compulsory (Automatic) License situation.
This IS a FORCED by law license that says that all Writer Member’s of the Orgs HAD to accept THIS
by law or (be forced to leave the Org that pays them for their AIRPLAY royalties).
But IF they left and gave up their membership THEY wouldnt be able to receive any broadcast royalties whatsoever (outside that membership). That means No public performance, no radio no TV airings,
no foreign airplay, NO broadcast and performed royalties of their songs anywhere..
NO NOTHING.
Because THAT airplay OF their SONGS could ONLY be collected and paid to them as Writers and Publishers THRU their performance organizations .So they stayed because they cant afford to LOSE that revenue.
And with the Consent Decree the rates paid for the Performances of their songs on Streaming Services
was totally devaluated . So to illustrate, 000083 x 30,000 streams equals $ 2.55 that is split between song writer and publisher. That is the SONGWRITER and PUBLISHER SHARE Compensation for 30,000 plays (STREAMS) of their song .
Just for reference the legal statutory Record Sales rate per CD sold is 9.1 cts per record sold
(for each song on a cd) that IS – IF you bought the physical CD or paid to download it.

And Independent Music Artist’s with their OWN CD release’s that are distributed online and ARE or on Independent Record Labels and ALL OF THEIR SONGS too THAT may be released also on a Major label >> ALL are NOW BOUND AND CONSIGNED (Compulsory by Law Licensed ) to these Streaming Services .
And are PAID FOR NOW AT THIS MINUTE digital streaming RATE in effect)..
So AS record sales dropped over the last three years IT was undoubtedly directly related to the Consumer being able to hear IT and have it without really having to pay the price to BUY the
recording . But the Consumer’s (The Fans) all along ‘ REALLY HAVE NO IDEA HOW this Digital Streaming EFFECT’ might or would AFFECT their favorite Music Artist/Songwriters WHO Created and Made the Music.
THIS IS THE PROBLEM .And as more Streaming Services join the fray MORE and MORE Songs and Recording’s ARE being STREAMED Worldwide NONSTOP and being paid FOR at THIS VERY UNFAIR and FINANCIALLY DESTRUCTIVE PRICE to ALL of our Creator’s!.

THE DIGITAL RATES OF THIS OLD CONSENT DECREE MUST BE REVISED AND REFORMED THIS YEAR 2015 BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. IF YOU MAKE MUSIC or you work in the Music Field this IS the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE WE must address, Battle and help CHANGE immediately, or its gonna be too late !.

It’s Murdering the Music Business and The Creator’s right to FAIR Compensation for their Creations, because its making it NO LONGER profitable to make and release YOUR Songs on Records.

(A Separate RIGHT exists for the RECORDINGS and that TOO is part of the battle as bulk LICENSES are being made by BIG Labels for Artists Album’s that they own and The Artist is NOT having any INPUT into what the Recordings are licensed for either to THESE Streaming Companies) .

PLEASE TELL ALL of your friends EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT..
AND Please TELL Congress WE MUST have DIGITAL REFORM AND THE LAW MUST BE CHANGED FOR FAIR AND EQUITABLE COMPENSATION .
WE MUST ABOLISH THESE OLD CONSENT DECREES AND WE MUST REVISE THE DIGITAL RATE NOW!
ITS BEYOND URGENT THAT WE DO THIS BY LAW THIS YEAR.
AND WE REALLY NEED YOUR VOICE TOO !.

IF YOU LOVE MUSIC PLEASE SPEAK UP AND HELP YOUR FAVORITE SONGWRITER’S AND ARTIST’S TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO WRITE, RECORD AND BRING IT TO THE PEOPLE FOR OUR ENJOYMENT .

FOR THE FUTURE OF MUSIC AND CREATING AND RECORDING AND WITH SO VERY MUCH MORE AT STAKE –
(because all are affected SO adversely) –

WE MUST ACT NOW..

TELL CONGRESS WE MUST REVISE AND RAISE THE DIGITAL STREAMING RATES !

Volume One Issue #1… ‘Isnt That YOUR Song” ?

Today’s story is one about the psychic memory of music and lyrics and how sometimes we just KNOW something intrinsically at the right moment..

ISNT THAT YOUR SONG ?

In late 1996 I was attending The Austin Songwriter Conference as a Guest Publisher and had done seminars on music rights and had appeared on panels all that weekend with my Industry Peers speaking about the state of the music business as it was back then. Then on the last day of the conference there was a Song Critique in the main auditorium .I was seated onstage with two other Hit Songwriters and there was 500 songwriters in the audience .They had over 250 songs signed up to be critiqued with only a lyric sheet but anonymously, no writers names on the lyric sheets..So we started out critiquing each song as it was passed up to us and after an hour it was still a huge pile left to do..The two hit writer’s gave great critiques and then i would add mine as well..Suddenly this song came up and they’d played the tape just till the end of the chorus -and when the tape stopped it was my turn to critique this one..I looked out into a sea of 500 faces and I spotted a guy in the 10th row ..I sensed it..I stared at him and said- i’ve heard this song before, you pitched it to me 5 years ago and i had given you REALLY super suggestions for rewriting it and making it great, but I cant believe you did nothing and -years later you brought it here to be played just the way it was?….
Why didnt you improve it? …

Crazy thing is, that writer stood up and he said ARE YOU talking to me ?
I said YES, ISNT THAT YOUR SONG THAT YOU SENT ME YEARS AGO AND DIDNT EVEN REWRITE IT AT ALL?
He stood there shocked and said – awwww omigod your right!.
I did send it to you and you gave me a great idea to improve it..

YES I did.. He said BUT WE’VE never even met before, SO HOW did you know IT WAS ME ?
HOW DID YOU pick me out of this crowd ?
HOW?

I said TRULY I never forget a lyric or a melody THAT I’VE HEARD BEFORE..I’ve a photographic mind for IT if I’ve ever heard the melody and words before. And I saw your face in the crowd, and heard the song,
and I recognized it and I JUST REALLY FELT IT..

IT IS YOUR SONG isnt it ?

Something’s we just seem to never forget they are so deeply ingrained in us and and our psychic abilities along with words and melody intuition is JUST tuned on in..

The audience was quite amazed ,but I was very amused as I said to him -YOU know you shoulda made those changes long ago ,how could you leave it to sit all these years and do nothing to better it since then and YOU came here today to pitch it to me again – knowing it has unchanged problems? As a Songwriter its your job to craft it perfectly until its right and its strong and its at its very best it can be.

YES!..we dont forget..

Polish edit write, REWRITE and write IT again until its RIGHT!

YES, We certainly heard you, and WE DO REMEMBER YOUR SONG !