“As an organisation that works to protect our members’ rights we fully support PRS for Music’s decision to commence legal proceedings against Soundcloud. We acknowledge that streaming is a fantastic means of listening to and enjoying music but Soundcloud’s intransigence in refusing to be licensed through PRS for Music means their model financially damages our members. BASCA exists to protect the professional interests of its members and when we launched our The Day The Music Died Campaign earlier this year one of our key aims was to ensure the removal of Safe Harbour provisions – platforms such as Soundcloud hide behind this legislation to deny responsibility for the amount of music that is illegally uploaded and shared on its site. But we know they are very much aware of how their platform is used. We encourage all online services to establish frameworks that will fairly compensate songwriters, composers and authors – the PRS for Music online licence is the best way that this can be achieved. Soundcloud has had five years to respond to PRS’s request and should not be allowed to continue to hide behind Safe Harbour as a reason to deny our members the royalties they’re rightly entitled to”.
BASCA Chairman and Classical Committee Chair Stephen McNeff comments “At BASCA we are always happy to embrace innovative technology as a way for music creators to be heard, but our rights must be protected through the proper licensing mechanisms.”
BASCA director and Media Committee Chair Michael Price adds in support “I think a lot of people have missed SoundCloud’s evolution from a hosting service to a streaming service often driven by copyright material. …the 175m unique visitors a month are definitely not there just for their friends’ bedroom demos”.
BASCA director and Songwriter Committee Chair Gary Osborne explains “As usual people confuse Performers and Writers. While it might be morally acceptable for artists who exclusively perform their own material to forgo their royalties in the name of promotion … much of the time they’re performing other people’s compositions, thereby promoting themselves by giving away other people’s work. At which point the composer is being robbed by both Soundcloud and the act”.
For the full PRS for Music statement, click here