MMF and FAC denounce Domino’s “self-destructive” decision to remove Four Tet albums from streaming services | Digital


Three months ago, Music week announced the news of a legal dispute between Four Tet and Domino on streaming royalties from three albums.

In a new twist, these three Four Tet albums have been pulled from streaming services.

The move prompted the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) today to ask Domino to reconsider his decision to remove albums from DSPs.

In a joint statement, Annabella Coldrick, Executive Director, Music Managers Forum and David Martin, CEO, Coalition of Featured Artists, said: “The removal of the first three albums of Four Tet Pause, Rounds and Everything Ecstatic from Domino’s streaming services raises all kinds of moral and legal questions about the assignment of rights and the power of labels over the work of a Regardless of the legal dispute between the two parties, this is a misguided and doomed decision, and we urge them to reconsider their decision. ”

You can click here to read the full context of the case, which focuses on the streaming royalty rate the electronic artist is expected to be paid by the label for three albums first released between 2001 and 2005.

The 2010 album Four Tet There Is Love In You released by Domino, which is not part of the dispute, is still available on streaming services.

Music week contacted Domino for comment.

This is a misguided and doomed decision, and we urge them to reconsider

Annabella Coldrick, MMF & David Martin, FAC

In a series of social media posts over the weekend, Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) said all three albums were removed by Domino.

Hebden wrote: “I am so upset that [Domino] have deleted all three albums they own from digital and streaming services. It’s heartbreaking for me. People ask me why they can’t stream music and I’m sad to have to say it’s out of my control.

“I have an ongoing legal dispute with Domino regarding the rate they are paying me for streaming which is due in court on January 18th. It was in the press a short time ago.

He added: “Earlier this week, Domino’s legal representative said he would remove my music from all digital services in order to stop the progress of the case. I did not agree with them taking this step and I am really shocked that it has come to this.

“I signed with Domino over 20 years ago, in another era, before streaming and downloads were something we thought about. “

“I think there is a problem within the music industry about how the money is shared in the age of streaming and I think it is time for artists to be able to ask for a more deal. just.

“It’s time to try to make changes where we can. I am not motivated by money, but I have to take a stand when I experience something that is just plain unfair.

The legal dispute arose amid heightened awareness of streaming royalties due to the DCMS committee survey on the streaming economy.

“Before the second reading of a private member’s bill from MP Kevin Brennan and following the recent report of the DCMS select committee on the streaming economy, there is also a timely context for this matter”, have added Annabella Coldrick and David Martin in their “CAF and MMF continue to pressure government to initiate changes in the law to end “copyright life” agreements and return the ownership of rights to artists and songwriters after a set period of time. Along with other industry-led reforms, this would be an effective way to ensure that legacy contracts are fit for the purpose of the streaming age and that the fair treatment of artists, songwriters and musicians. can be guaranteed in the future. “

The case between Four Tet and Domino continues and is expected to go to trial next year. A preliminary hearing took place earlier this month before the Royal Courts Of Justice.

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