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Some of the biggest players have come together to create a best practice code to prevent stream manipulation, in the same month two of the music industry's biggest players came in for criticism over the way they have acted toward authors and artists.


  • UMG has come in for major criticism over the way it handled the loss of master recordings that were destroyed in a fire 10 years ago.

Features and Benefits

  • Looks at what has been a damaging month for the reputations of two of the biggest music industry players.
  • Explains the details surrounding the differences between the NMPA and Spotify over the music streaming service's move to reclaim royalty overpayments.

Key questions answered

  • Why is the NMPA in the US annoyed by Spotify's royalty overpayment claim?
  • Why are a number of artists in the US only now suing UMG over the fire that destroyed master recordings in 2009?

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  • Summary
  • Music industry comes together to beat stream manipulation
  • Spotify has it both ways with US music publishers
  • Lack of transparency over the UMG masters fire


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