British Labels to BBC: ‘Just Pay for the Damn Streaming Service, Okay?’



Earlier this week, the BBC unveiled plans to expand their Playlister service into an on-demand streaming services.  “We have developed a digital music proposal with the music industry, which builds on BBC Music’s Playlister,” the strategy document described.  “It would make the 50,000 tracks the BBC broadcasts every month available to listen online, for a limited period. Audiences would be able to access this music via playlists curated by the BBC, and they would be able to build their own playlists based on the music they hear and love on the BBC.”

The only problem? According to the BPI, which represents recording labels in the UK, there doesn’t seem to be a plan to pay for it.  “If the BBC is going to launch such a service, then it needs to bring the industry with it,” BPI chief Geoffrey Taylor said during the company’s annual meeting London, as reported by Music Ally.

“The starting point for some of the BBC’s suggestions around how such a service might work involved launching such a service but paying no money for it – and I just don’t think that’s viable.”

Communication breakdown?  Earlier, the BBC pointed to a plan for fair compensation and cooperation.  “We want our digital music offer to benefit audiences and artists,” the strategy document described.  “We are working with the industry to develop this proposal in a way that achieves that objective, whether it’s by providing the first audience for an unsigned or undiscovered artist, or by working to license the product in a way that benefits artists fairly.”

Taylor is definitely unhappy with the progress, and further described ongoing issues with monstrous streamers like YouTube.  “You have services – particularly video services – used as alternatives to premium services like Spotify or Apple Music, yet they’re paying a fraction of the royalties,” said Taylor, according to Music Ally’s coverage.

“There’s a distortion in the market: a lot of the value is coming in not to the creators, but being hijacked by the tech corporations not paying the rates they should be.”

More as the situation unfolds!


Written while listening to Tchaikovsky.  Image by Josh McGinn, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0).

5 Responses

  1. dcguzman

    Paul dont make a good thing be negative by making click bait articles and cherry picked quotes. Its the biggest national network in the world, they can buy the major label if they want to. But they cant since its a public fund and shouldnt compete with privately owned networks. Theyre the british version of PBS. Besides you steal this article from music ally, and again you didnt cite any sources.

    In the end of the article from music ally even Taylor admits its a judicial/law matter, not tech companies:

    “Taylor called for the UK government to support the music industry as it seeks legislative changes at a European level in the months ahead. “We need the support of government, clarifying the EU safe harbour rules behind which those tech giants hide,” said Taylor.”

    “The issue is also at the heart of collecting society PRS for Music’s recently-announced lawsuit against streaming service SoundCloud, with several industry bodies determined to seek a clarification of how services may or may not use safe harbour legislation when striking (or rather, not striking) licensing agreements for music.”

  2. dcguzman

    If theres a copyright take downs and if the companies and governments are serious about there IPs, they should start with websites that are stealing articles like this. The writers and team of researchers and reporters works are gone to waste with the likes of Paul. Even making these articles different to fit to there own agenda. Reminds me of reviewtewchusa, prisonplanet, infowars and hiphopgamer. Do you know that changing the pronouns like is, are he, she it, etc… can change the overall thought and idea of a article? Thats what Alex Jones and priests had done.

  3. Rickshaw

    Better yet, maybe the British labels should stop whining and understand that this is great promotion for their artists that will surely convert to sales of vinyl, cassettes and other media.

    • dcguzman

      This is the music industry. Do you think even after Napster and Itunes will they ever change? The ironic thing about this is theyre desperate to profit and monetize there content like Marvel during there darkest times. Why do you think Just Dance, Vevo, Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central happened? Music streaming is the one that sticks so now theyre the one now thats demanding.

      Theres a time in year 2011 to be exact that the music induistry is in bad state that even “pirates” wont “steal” there contents. Google music fourth behind porn.

  4. Name2

    Oh, for….It’s the goddamn BBC – public programs and broadcasting for our friends across the pond.

    Cue death threats to Daniel Ek, Google, and floating clouds in 5,4,3…..


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