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Chicago, March 11, 2019

Becker Quoted in The Verge on U.S. Copyright Royalty Board Ruling

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP partner Jeffrey S. Becker was quoted in The Verge regarding Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon's decision to appeal a U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling to increase payouts to songwriters.

The article, "No, Spotify and Amazon aren’t suing songwriters," says that musicians, producers and songwriters are rallying against Spotify and Amazon over streaming payout rates, which will be increased by 44 percent over the next five years. 

The article states: 

"So while an appeal may be upsetting news, musicians and songwriters shouldn’t be too worried about the outcome. Entertainment lawyer Jeff Becker of Swanson, Martin & Bell tells The Verge it was anticipated for some time that these platforms would take the opportunity to preserve their bottom line via an appeal. He believes the court will likely side with the increased royalty rate."

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