The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has launched a Fair Digital Deals Declaration.
WIN has been heading the battle against YouTube’s streaming service contract for indie labels. Most recently, The British Academy of Songwriters voiced their support, speaking out against YouTube. The Fair Digital Deals Declaration is the next logical step.
Indie labels that sign the declaration are pledging to treat their artists fairly in regard to digital agreements with third parties.
These are the declaration’s five key points:
We will ensure that artists’ share of download and streaming revenues is clearly explained in recording agreements and royalty statements in reasonable summary form.
We will account to artists a good-faith pro-rata share of any revenues and other compensation from digital services that stem from the monetization of recordings but are not attributed to specific recordings or performances.
We will encourage better standards of information from digital services on the usage and monetisation of music.
We will support artists who choose to oppose, including publicly, unauthorized uses of their music.
We will support the collective position of the global independent record company sector as outlined in the Global Independent Manifesto.
Over 600 independent labels from more than 21 countries have already signed the declaration, and more will sign on July 16th.
Here’s a partial list of some of the labels and organizations that have already signed:
4AD, Acephale, Aeroplane Music Services, anti-, Arbutus, Asthmatic Kitty, Bar/None, Barsuk, Beggars Group, Brainfeeder, Captured Tracks, Cooking Vinyl, Dangerbird Records, Dead Oceans, Dine Alone Records, Drag City, Dualtone, Eleven Seven Music, Epitaph, Fabric Records, Fat Cat, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Flying Nun Records, FutureGroove Music, Ghostly International, Glassnote, Hellcat, Hit and Run Records, Houndstooth, Imagem Music, INgrooves Music Group, Jagjaguwar, Kill Rock Stars, Knitting Factory, Last Gang Records, Luaka Bop, Matador, Merge, Merok, Moshi Moshi, Mushroom Group, Mute, Nacional, Nettwerk, NinjaTune, Numero Group, Partisan, Rough Trade, RVNG Int’l, Saddle Creek, Secretly Canadian, Side One Dummy Records, Smalltown Supersound, Smithsonian Folkways, Stones Throw, Sub Pop, The Orchard, Tommy Boy, True Panther, Tuff Gong Worldwide, UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music, Warp Records, Werkdiscs, Wind-up, Witchita Recordings Ltd, XL Recordings, YepRoc, Young Turks
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