Are pro rata models fair?

Shark Pool – Music’s Pro Rata Model Problem

Streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music use a “pro rata” model to pay artist royalties. That means artists get paid not by the amount their tracks are played, but by the amount they’re played compared to all of the other artists on the platform. The reality is pro rata streaming models favor the most popular artists on the platform. They typically skew benefits towards major labels and paid-for features. Independent artists usually suffer as a result. We at Artistco believe that with our fellow members, we’re developing a fair, transparent, innovative, and user friendly alternative.

What Blurred Lines Verdict Means for Music Copyrights

Blurred Lines Get Blurrier

So this happened… Days ago, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit voted 2-1 to uphold a controversial verdict from 2015. The verdict concluded that “Blurred Lines”, a 2013 hit song by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, infringed on the copyright to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 track “Got to Give It Up”. The Ninth Circuit Panel, which is comprised…