June 20, 2021

The Rolling Stones and Jarvis Cocker join #BrokenRecord, the petition for the British Government to change streaming laws

// By: Oscar Adame

Wed June 9, 2021

This week the involvement of a new collection of artists in the #BrokenRecord movement was announced with which hundreds of British musicians ask the help of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to change two words of the Copyright, Designs and Patents section in the law published in 1998 which refers to copyright, forcing streaming services to pay the artist what radio stations pay each time they play a song, a significantly higher margin.

The names included in the petition include all the members of The Rolling Stones, Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, Barry Gibb from The Bee Gees and Joe Strummer from The Clash, who signed a new letter to the British government that also includes the signature of previous participants, such as Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Damon Albarn, Robert Smith, Chris Martin, Annie Lennox, Noel Gallagher, Gary Lightbody, Brian Eno and Jimmy Page.

“This will modernize the law to such a level that artists will be able to receive a fair profit,” describe within the brief. The objective is «Return the value of music to where it belongs: in the hands of music creators. These days most of the top performers get tiny fractions of a US penny per stream and session musicians get nothing at all. “

They declare that “In streaming, the song is king, but songwriters don’t enjoy the true value of their work and struggle to make a living. Our industry has an unfortunate history of pitting artists, performers, and songwriters against each other. With this letter, we are finally speaking with one voice to say ‘enough is enough’. Our industry is broken, the government can and should help us fix it.

In this regard, Horace Trubridge, general secretary of the Musicians Union, acknowledged: “I am delighted to see so many artists, performers and composers endorsing our call. Broadcasting is replacing radio, so musicians must get the same protection when their work is played on platforms.”

During the various hearings, artists told MPs that low streaming payments were “threatening the future of music” with emerging acts complaining that they were facing “massive competition” from classical artists due to algorithms.

Meanwhile, Spotify warned that rising subscription prices could lead people to online piracy, while MPs accused the head of a major label of “Live in the cloud” after stating that artists were happy with the existing music streaming model.

The original letter