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The lawsuit is a focal point for a wider battle between the music and technology industries that will rumble into 2016, concerning how services like SoundCloud and YouTube are licensed. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.
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SoundCloud is currently being sued by PRS for Music , the British body that collects money from music services and pays it to songwriters, for copyright infringement.
SoundCloud must also find ways of making money. A haven for remixers, electronic artists and unsigned musicians, its devotees claim it is one of the last corners of the online world to retain the utopian sense of limitless creative freedom of the earliest days of the web.Jennie Lena – Who’s Loving You (The Blind Auditions - The voice of Holland 2015)
SoundCloud was launched in 2007 by a pair of Swedish musicians, Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, as a way for their peers to post tracks online and get themselves heard. Both companies have developed tools to help those rights holders identify infringing uploads, but the music industrywants them to license all their music upfront, like Spotify and other rivals.
Like so many streaming services before, the time has come for SoundCloud to go fully licensed. But in 2015 it has hit a crossroads: It has since quietly grown to one of the biggest streaming services in the world, with a catalogue of 100m tracks heard by 175 million listeners a month.
SoundCloud evolved as a way for emerging artists and particularly DJs to find an audience though it is now used by many major names too: Show 25 25 50 100 All. SoundCloud has started work on a subscription tier for listeners: Earlier this year, Sony removed a swath of its songs from SoundCloud, including those uploaded by its artists to their own accounts, prompting rising dance music artist Madeon to tweet: Well done Sony for holding your own artists hostage.
The creator community and music industry alike recognise that what we are trying to do with SoundCloud is genuinely unique and undeniably complex.