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Introduction

Following complaints by a number of Swedish authors over royalty rates paid by streaming services in the country, the CEO of STIM, the Swedish authors’ society, issued a public response, answering some of the authors’ claims.

Highlights

  • While few would disagree with the need to pay adequate compensation to authors, the question of whether or not authors are receiving their fair share of royalties from the likes of Spotify is not as straightforward as it seems.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details both side of argument regarding streaming benefits for reord companies, authors, and music publishers.
  • The research note includes the latest figures for STIM, the authors' society of Sweden.

Key questions answered

  • What were total collections for STIM in 2014?
  • What share of collections for STIM are generated by digital services?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • STIM rebuffs Swedish authors’ complaints
  • Digital income boosts collections to a new record
  • Not all services are the same and pay the same

Appendix

  • Author

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