Lambasting YouTube, CISAC Posts $11 Billion in Global Royalty Collections


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According to CISAC, no, YouTube still doesn’t pay its fair share.

Earlier today, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) published a new report.

In its 2018 Global Collections Report, CISAC reported global royalties collections for music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama, and literature creators rose 6.2% to €9.6 billion ($11 billion) in 2017.  Since 2013, this number has grown 28.2%.

Digital collections last year also jumped 24% to €1.27 billion ($1.45 billion).  Digital share accounted for 13.2% of all global royalty collections.  Thanks to the rise of streaming services and consumer uptake in streaming, digital collections have nearly tripled – 166% – in the last five years.

Among sizable markets, Sweden, Mexico, and Korea had the leading digital shares of total collections at 32.8%, 32.3%, and 31.8%, respectively.  Digital has become the largest collections source in Sweden.  At 62.6%, Australia and New Zealand had the largest digital growth.  APRA AMCOS, an Australian music society, saw digital overtake broadcast as the largest collections source.

Music royalties alone have grown 6% to €8.3 billion ($9.5 billion), with digital royalties reporting over €1 billion ($1.1 billion) for the first time.  CISAC’s global music repertoire also grew 28.3% in the last five years.

Despite the rise in digital royalties, digital usage revenue remains far below collections from broadcast, live, and background use.  Only 13% of all creators’ royalties came from digital sources, up from 11%.  Rebuking YouTube, CISAC pinned the blame on the rise of user-uploaded services.

[This number is] a reflection of the gross mismatch between the volume of creative work being made available via digital channels and the amounts being returned to creators.

In a separate report highlighting today’s findings, CISAC explained digital collections underperformed thanks to “YouTube delivering a fraction of that share.”

Railing against the popular video platform once more, the organization wrote,

In the current digital market, user upload content (UUC) services such as YouTube are using creative works, making large advertising revenues and paying only a tiny fraction of the sums they generate to creators.  They also pay significantly less for other streaming services which offer the exact same content.”

You can view the complete report here.


Featured image by CISAC.

3 Responses

  1. Dean Hajas

    Numbers last year (2017) CISAC announced that Canada ?? along with USA received 25% of the Global Lions share of Royalties, including internet contributions. If we apply that equation to the current proclamation, the total contribution to USA / Canada is $2.3 Billion… how is it CISAC, that #SOCAN only gets $275 million to distribute to its contributing members of all Royalties, and Licensing fees. Licensing fees of 150,000 Canadian owned businesses..?
    Yet, the CRTC proclaims $36.9 Billion revenues, with $18.9 in tv and radio respectively.
    The numbers don’t add up, at least not in the creators pockets. #SOCAN and the other 37 PRO’s in Canada ?? are simply thieves..
    Make a declaration CISAC and #SOCAN of the Legal fees you spend, and also the abdorbed Royalties in the 3year Rule application.
    Transparency of your financials are deplorable at best… #CanadaRevenueAgency what’s up with this nonsense.

    • Rodney Murphy

      Dean is completely out of touch. He loves to complain but yet he refuses to sue. The ultimate royalty troll.

      • Dean Hajas

        Compared to the Ultimate Royalty Thief Rodney Murphy… I prefer to inform the Canadian Musicians prior to signing with thieves wearing Red – White and Black.
        By the way, what day were we supposed to meet when you made an appointment with me @ #SOCAN?
        Only Rodney would know this date .. otherwise a Gnome by any other name is still just that..
        contact me any day that ends in Y..
        “You think Slave 4 U made a $150 million dollars”… already owns the future.. too bad you guys were all asleep at the switch.