1. What Will Spotify's $43 Million Class Action Settlement Mean For Songwriters and Publishers?

    May 30, 2017 7:32 PM EDT All the services will have to address this issue, according to David Lowery. On Friday (May 26), Spotify reached a settlement in a putative class action lawsuit, consolidated out of two lawsuits brought by Melissa Ferrick and David Lowery , involving songwriters and publishers whose…

  2. Say You Want a Revolution? U.S. Copyright Office Modernizes Key Part of Digital Licensing

    June 24, 2016 12:40 PM EDT Music publishing is currently mired in legal battles, settlements and public debates over whether on-demand streaming services are correctly licensing songs and properly compensating rights owners, the U.S. Copyright Office has taken an important step, finally making it possible to file…

  3. Berklee Announces Ambitious New Cross-Industry Project with Majors and Big Tech On Board

    June 13, 2016 8:47 AM EDT Around this time last year, the Berklee College of Music's campaign Rethink Music debuted its "Fair Music: Transparency And Money Flows In The Music Industry" report . The report, a succinct (and Kobalt-funded) 29 pages, was scathing in conclusion of a systemically delayed…

  4. David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick's Lawsuits Against Spotify Get Combined

    May 24, 2016 3:57 PM EDT In December and January, Spotify was hit with back-to-back lawsuits from David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick -- both professors and artists -- who sought class action certification over royalties they allege have gone unpaid to songwriters by the world's largest streaming service. Lowery…

  5. David Lowery Legal Team Files Motion Addressing Spotify's Forthcoming Publishing Settlement

    April 20, 2016 2:33 PM EDT The motion alleges that Spotify may be misrepresenting the details of a proposed settlement with publishers. Attorneys representing David Lowery in his lawsuit against Spotify want to know what the music streaming service has been telling songwriters. In a motion filed this week in the…

  6. David Lowery, Cracker Frontman and Artist Advocate, Explains His $150 Million Lawsuit Against Spotify: Q&A

    April 07, 2016 1:29 PM EDT "I hope they just clean up their act." Just before the New Year, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery dropped a bomb on the music business in the form of a proposed class-action copyright-infringement lawsuit against Spotify. The suit, filed on Lowery’s behalf by…

  7. Firm Handling Class-Action Suit Against Spotify Lists Cons of NMPA Settlement

    March 17, 2016 11:38 AM EDT The law firm handling Cracker frontman David Lowery ’s class action suit against Spotify has offered up an FAQ for songwriters and publishers ahead of an imminent settlement between the streaming service and the National Music Publishers Association, or NMPA. The rub? Little is known about…

  8. Between Rock and a Database: Streaming Services, Artists and Music Publishers Are Colliding

    March 11, 2016 1:19 PM EST "If I wanted to make a lot of money, I would have done it as a personal lawsuit." "This is a massive, widespread problem,"  David Lowery tells Billboard . It's been two months since the Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman filed a proposed class-action copyright…

  9. Spotify Attempts to Dismantle Class Action Suit Over Royalties in New Filing

    February 16, 2016 3:17 PM EST Spotify has responded to a lawsuit filed in December by Camper Van Beethoven and Camper frontman David Lowery, who is seeking $150 million in damages from the streaming service over alleged willful copyright infringement by the company. Lowery's suit arrived on Spotify's doorstep…

  10. The Battle of Subscription Business Models: A Look at Their Strengths and Weaknesses

    January 29, 2016 1:26 PM EST will be the year music streaming gets Darwinian. With the arrival of Pandora's on-demand service later this year, the music industry will have five categories of music subscription models competing for both fans and industry acceptance. Like finches in the Galapagos, each of the…

  11. Spotify Hit With Second Lawsuit Over Copyright Infringement

    January 09, 2016 2:18 PM EST Spotify has been hit with a second class action suit over alleged systemic and willful copyright infringement. Los Angeles-based law firm Gradstein & Marzano filed a claim late Friday (Jan. 8) with a class of recording artists, led by Melissa Ferrick , seeking $200 million in damages. It…

  12. Spotify Threatened With Another Class Action Lawsuit As Disputes Over Royalties Intensify

    December 31, 2015 12:19 PM EST A class-action lawsuit recently  filed against Spotify  by Michelman & Robinson, LLP on behalf of Cracker frontman and college professor David Lowery will soon have company, Billboard has learned. The law firm of Gradstein & Marzanno -- itself in the midst of litigation on behalf…

  13. Spotify Hit With $150 Million Class Action Over Unpaid Royalties

    December 29, 2015 10:04 AM EST Vocal artist rights advocate David Lowery brings a massive action against the largest streaming service. Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery , retaining the law firm of Michelman & Robinson, LLP, has filed a class action lawsuit seeking at least $150 million in damages…

  14. Taylor Swift's 'Win' Over Apple Shows How Smart the Tech Giant Really Is

    June 23, 2015 10:29 AM EDT Apple's Sunday-night concession looks like a likely outcome to a predictable series of events. Two things stand out in Apple's announcement  Sunday it will pay independent creators for 90-day trials. First, the preceding controversy was entirely predictable. Second, the end result…

  15. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  16. Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Westergren's donation history seems to…

  17. From Alabama to Rihanna, Stars Fight Pandora on Royalties

    November 15, 2012 9:20 AM EST The battle over webcasting royalties went up a notch Wednesday when 125 artists ranging from Alabama to Rihanna wrote an open letter to Internet-radio company Pandora Media over its attempt to change the way the statutory webcasting rates are set. The two-page letter -- which will run as…

  18. Camper Van Beethoven, 'Northern California Girls': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 08, 2012 11:00 AM EST Band Says First New Album in Nine Years Is Heavily Influenced By 'Holland'-era Beach Boys "La Costa Perdida," Camper Van Beethoven 's first new album in nine years was the result of a fortuitous concert postponement. The group's David Lowery tells Billboard that…

  19. MARC RIBOT'S CERAMIC DOG, "Party Intellectuals"

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Marc Ribot has been an active member of the NYC experimental music scene for years, lending his oddly shaped and often delirious guitar work to everyone from Tom Waits and Elvis Costello to the Lounge Marc Ribot has been an active member of the NYC experimental music scene for years, lending…

  20. Cracker / July 22, 2006 / New York (Bowery Ballroom)

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT One thing is certain with Cracker's frontman David Lowery -- you never know exactly what you're gonna get at a live show. Like his music, he wears a lot of faces, from mischievous and clever to sad an One thing is certain with Cracker's frontman David Lowery -- you never know…

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