Major UK music body sues SoundCloud over unpaid royalties

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SoundCloud has struck deals with some major labels and independent artists , but in the UK, the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) has decided to take legal action against the music sharing service for allegedly not paying artists the royalties they deserve. With 175 million unique listeners each month, SoundCloud has established itself as a major player in the streaming space. It says that the streaming service only removed 250 “posts” when it was provided with a list of 4,500 musical works created by its members.

 

 

  • While SoundCloud may host some infringing content, most creators willingly choose to upload and share new music on the service.
  • PRS for Music also documents proof of SoundCloud’s non-compliance.
  • However, with SoundCloud now recognized as one of the primary sources of new music, artists often upload early versions of their work to gauge opinion and interact with fans before releasing them via a label.

 

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