Hi Soulsters! Answer this question. If you enjoy music as much as I do and it serves as a soundtrack to your life and uplifts you in many ways, wouldn’t you want the artist that brought that to your life to be compensated fairly for that? I know I do. Just like anything else music is a product. When music is created and it serves to better the lives of people, the songwriter has provided a service that they should be compensated for plain and simple. Streaming music sites like Pandora and Spotify literally rob songwriters of their creativity and contribution to the world. They make a huge profit over the creators themselves. The copyright laws should be changed to keep up with the digital age and the way people now download music. I don’t use Spotify, however, I have used Pandora. I really did not know that Pandora pays the artist so little to spin their songs. In an article that singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc wrote for wired.com, he stated that on Pandora it takes “roughly one million spins for a songwriter to earn just $90”. What a travesty! How disgusting is that? The laws need to be changed, point blank period. We have to stand for songwriters in this and they have to also come together and stand for themselves as well.
See the video below of singer and songwriter, Aloe Blacc discussing this issue in the music business on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Check out Aloe Blacc’s article on this subject on wired.com here
What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree that copyright laws need to be changed? Let’s talk about it!