The Digital, Tradition, Media and Sports activities Committee (DCMS) has responded to claims that a few of the witnesses of their ongoing music streaming inquiry may need been inspired to not give proof.
In October, MPs introduced that they would examine the economic impact that music streaming is having on artists, record labels and the wider music industry.
Over £1 billion in income was generated from 114 billion music streams within the UK final 12 months, with the inquiry noting, nevertheless, that “artists could be paid as little as 13% of the revenue generated”.
The DCMS inquiry, which held its first proof session final week (November 24), is searching for the views of business specialists, artists and file labels in addition to streaming platforms themselves.
Right now (December 1), DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP issued a press release after it was dropped at his consideration that a few of these anticipated to offer proof have change into reluctant to do for worry of motion being taken towards them.
“We now have been advised by many various sources that a few of the individuals all for talking to us have change into reluctant to take action as a result of they worry motion could also be taken towards them in the event that they converse in public,” Knight’s assertion started.
“I want to say that we’d take a really dim view if we had any proof of anybody interfering with witnesses to considered one of our inquiries. No-one ought to undergo any detriment for talking to a Parliamentary Committee and anybody intentionally inflicting hurt to considered one of our witnesses can be in peril of being in contempt of this Home.
“This Committee will brook no such interference and won’t hesitate to call and disgrace anybody confirmed to be concerned in such exercise.”
He concluded: “Anybody who needs to return ahead to talk on this problem or another points ought to get in contact with the Committee and will likely be handled in confidence.”
In the meantime, Spotify has been testing a new feature allowing artists to boost visibility of specific tracks through the platform’s recommendation algorithms, in exchange for different royalty rates on those songs’ streams.
The boosted songs will seem in Spotify’s Radio and Autoplay options upon launch, with the potential to broaden to different personalised listening modes out there on the platform.
The brand new function, named “Discovery Mode”, was introduced yesterday (November 2) in a press launch from Spotify’s newsroom. It’ll initially be examined with artists and labels within the US, with plans of a worldwide rollout if the function is deemed profitable.