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16th September 2017


The battle against Spotify just intensified massively as now, more than a hundred notable musicians, including Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers, the Black Keys and Zach De La Rocha have filed legal paperwork to force the music streaming service to pay them a fair royalty rate.

Last week, Spotify attorneys decided that the reproductive mechanical license doesn't apply to streaming services meaning the previously derisory rate paid to artists was now zero but thankfully, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) CEO David Israelite challenged this.

The NMPA represents all of the major music publishers including Universal Publishing Music Group, Warner/Chappell and Sony/ATV and you can see CEO Israelite's response to Spotify's decision right here.

As well as the artists mentioned above, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, David Cassidy, the heirs of Sony Bono, Kim Gordon and actor Anthony Hopkins, who moonlights in classical composition, are also on the list.

You can read the legal paperwork the artists have filed on Digital Music News right here.

This case is potentially worth billions and could well bring about the complete downfall of Spotify who have been knowingly ripping off musicians for some years now. At the root of the situation is a recently-drafted, $43million settlement over unpaid mechanicals.

This was actually signed before Spotify decided that the entire mechanical license somehow did not apply to them and now the overwhelming sentiment is that $43million is an insult.

According to the plaintiffs, after legal fees, the entire group of writers and publishers have $28.7million left over and after dividing that by over 7.5 million potential claimants, and the per-award fee is around $3.84.

Digital Music News say that "in the unlikely event that the agreement stands, none of the musicians will buy into the settlement. Instead, they'll pursue separate claims, with damages reaching $150,000 per infringed work".

In July, Bluewater Music Services and Bob Gaudio filed their own lawsuits, with damages approaching $365million. This led to Spotify's eventual decision to challenge the entire license itself.

We are urging all music fans to boycott Spotify and not use Spotify's '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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