Helen Bach just got this press release…
SPOTIFY PULLS THE VICTORY RECORDS CATALOG, REFUSES TO PAY ROYALTIES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chicago, October 20, 2015 – Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.
Late yesterday, Spotify sent over a document giving them mechanical clearance to use our music. We could not sign said document for a variety of reasons, most importantly, that it would put us in direct violation of our agreement with Audiam (www.audiam.com). Spotify knows we are in business with Audiam and were essentially asking us to breach/ignore that agreement. The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists. We understand your frustration with not being able to listen to the music you enjoy (and most pay for via subscription).
The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music.
Thank you for your support and we remain hopeful that Spotify will do the right thing.
Victory Records 346 N. Justine St., 5th Floor, Chicago, IL. 60607
Wow, Spotify play hardball with Victory Records! I am shocked that they didn’t pay Victory Records. The labels roster currently is:
The Bunny The Bear
Close Your Eyes
Fall City Fall
Feed Her to the Sharks
Neurotic November (band)
Tear Out The Heart
Snow White’s Poison Bite
So hardcore, post-hardcore bands, popular with the youngster and not disliked by yours truly. What upsets me is that there is no way Spotify would be such dicks to Warner Brothers or even Sub Pop -why pick on a smaller (and not even SMALLEST) label? Why not just pony up?
That’s is really bush-league and one of the few times I’ve really questioned Spotify’s actions.
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