Spotify has plans to appeal a decision handed down by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which details an increase in royalties from 10.5 percent to 15.1 percent over the next five years — and some top songwriters are (rightfully) pissed. Many greats including Nile Rodgers, Ludwig Göransson, Frank Dukes, Greg Kurstin, Vinylz, and Bibi Bourelly sound off in an open letter addressed specifically to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. They express outrage over the streaming platform’s decision to appeal.
Their letter reads:
“We’re hurt and disappointed. You created a songwriter relations team and ingratiated Spotify into our community. We know that you are not the only DSP appealing the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) rate determination. You are, however, the only provider that made us feel we were working to build a modern music industry together. Now, we can see the real reason for your songwriter outreach. You have used us and tried to divide us but we stand together.”
And, closes with an important demand:
“Do the right thing and drop your appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board rate determination.”
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Read the full letter via Billboard.