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SoundExchange’s Annual Royalty Collections Approaching $1 Billion — Due to Pandora

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by Angus MacDonald

Intellectual property attorney Angus MacDonald was the first to calculate that Pandora paid more than half of all SoundExchange collections of royalties to record labels. In this column, he calculates a higher percentage for 2015, noting that the growth of SoundExchange royalty collections is tied closely to Pandora, and that the pace is slowing.

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Bret Kinsella: Streaming Royalties Rise, But What Story Does SoundExchange Data Tell?

by Bret Kinsella

Royalty payments are the single biggest cost for Internet radio and audio streaming services. Guest columnist Bret Kinsella examines SoundExchange's Q4 financial statement, and matches it up to streaming growth metrics. The two datasets don't match, but it's not about lower revenue to the music industry. It's about the money taking different paths to get there.

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