Indies Score Victory In US Licensing Fight, But Sony And Universal 'A Huge Threat'

Beggars Group boss Martin Mills has spoken of his delight after the US Register Of Copyrights effectively dismissed calls from Sony and Universal for a variable royalty rate for internet radio play. But Mills has also warned that the world's two biggest record labels will continue to lobby for a split rate, which could potentially see major labels automatically paid more than independents for streams on services such as Pandora — something the British exec reckons is a "huge threat for artists and labels as a whole".

Pandora appears to be in full agreement with Mills — perhaps fearing that paying the majors more would be bad for business — and has come out strongly in favour of of a single rate mode.... - MBW

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