This started before Sean Parker was in diapers, but it has everything to do with the future of Spotify and its ‘music OS’ ambitions.
And now, Spotify is saying something about it, and admitting that a serious problem exists.
This is what Parker, a major Spotify visionary and investor just told a SXSW audience.
“There’s definitely some dissent brewing between the labels, the publishing companies and the artists, and really a lot of it has to do with older licensing schemes.
“There are a lot of artists whose contracts are written in such a manner that they aren’t getting paid for what’s happening on streaming services.”
“So there’s blood in the water. There’s a war coming, and they’re going to have to deal with it. But Spotify has to remain neutral; the biggest contribution we can make is transparency.”