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Discovery Networks Corners Composers in Music Royalties Battle

Post by DesireInspires » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:34 am

Seen this over at another forum:
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https://variety.com/2019/music/news/...es-1203434924/

"Discovery has informed many of its top composers that, beginning in 2020, they must give up all performance royalties paid for U.S. airings, and they they must sign away their ability to collect royalties on all past shows on its networks."

Wow! This would be a Dagger for the industry if more networks follow suit...

Composers will lose 80-90% of their income so that Discovery Network can add an extra 1% in quarterly revenue.

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Post by Kolstad » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:44 am

Its the old industrial magnats who are fighting to stay afloat. Let them go, and sign elsewhere.

The Society of composers and lyricists (SCL), now advises their members to not provide music for Discovery and associates or sign contracts with them.

https://thescl.com/
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Post by DesireInspires » Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:33 pm

Kolstad wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:44 am
Its the old industrial magnats who are fighting to stay afloat. Let them go, and sign elsewhere.
It’s tough out here!

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Post by jdstamper » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:36 am

Will ASCAP, BMI and other PRO’s help to fight this?
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Re: Discovery Networks Corners Composers in Music Royalties Battle

Post by Shalee » Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:37 am

A lot of people need to fight this, because if they get away with it with little fanfare, and the whole industry follows suit, we are toast.


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Post by CTWF » Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:00 pm

Wow, this is bad. I do think a composers' union would make a lot of sense. There needs to be a strong united voice.

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Post by tresero » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:10 am

CTWF wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Wow, this is bad. I do think a composers' union would make a lot of sense. There needs to be a strong united voice.

Tom
I would like to think that would happen, but it won't. Besides, Discovery knows that there are plenty of "composers" with garageband that will be happy to take the deal. I wish it were otherwise, but barring an act of congress, this will likely only get worse :(

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Re: Discovery Networks Corners Composers in Music Royalties Battle

Post by DesireInspires » Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:57 am

jdstamper wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:36 am
Will ASCAP, BMI and other PRO’s help to fight this?
Yes!

ASCAP statement: https://www.ascap.com/news-events/artic ... a5mETVJTU#

BMI statement: https://www.bmi.com/news/entry/bmis-pos ... y-networks

SESAC statement: https://www.sesac.com/#!/headlines/arti ... -composers

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Re: Discovery Networks Corners Composers in Music Royalties Battle

Post by Casey H » Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:05 pm

Please spread the word on social media. If you are on Twitter there is an exact tweet you can send. Also write your local representatives. If you don't know who they are or how to contact them: https://www.commoncause.org/find-your-r ... tive/addr/


Discovery networks (owner of many channels) is trying to screw us out of our music royalty income. Yup, a multi-billion dollar corporation with a CEO who gets a $120M salary wants to break the back of songwriters and composers who write music for the shows.

Please read below. If you are on Twitter, you can copy/paste the tweet. If not, please spread the word wherever you can and help. Thanks.

The Your Music Your Future community needs your help. Discovery Networks is planning to cut composer and songwriter income by 90% as of December 31st. Variety even called them out on it: https://bit.ly/2qZ423k So we’re rallying together to take ACTION to help stop them.

Action step: Here’s a tweet you can copy and paste:
Happy Holidays, composers! @Discovery Networks found a way to cut your income by 90%. RT if you want composers to be paid fairly. https://bit.ly/2qZ423k @Gold_Rush @DeadliestCatch @StreetOutlaws #DiscoveryGreed #yourmusicyourfuture @yrmusicyrfuture
Whatever you decide to tweet, please use the link (https://bit.ly/2qZ423k) and include the same hashtags (#DiscoveryGreed and #yourmusicyourfuture) for maximum impact!

Discovery is even pressuring composers to take the 90% cut going backwards for shows that are already on the air. The threat is that if they don’t take the deal, Discovery will strip these composers’ music out of all their existing shows (!), and the composers will never work with any of the networks again.
If we don’t take a stand, this practice will spread to other network groups and everyone will be paid much less money in the future—both composers and songwriters. And where will great composers come from when they can no longer make a living?
YMYF has signed up more than 6,400 composers. As a community, we have formidable power if everyone tweets. But we all need to take action.

Creator groups from around the world, inspired by Your Music Your Future, have pledged to tweet with us in support of composers. Please be sure to do your part!

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