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..
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 !