Fair Digital Deals DeclarationLeave a Comment
On the 30th July 2014, Horus Music signed a Labels’ Fair Digital Deals Declaration with the Worldwide Independent Network.
Although all of these were done previously by Horus Music, many companies did not and still don’t share in these values. The Global Independent Manifesto shows artists and labels that Horus Music is making a public declaration that everyone will be treated fairly, valued and not have money they are entitled too withheld.
The Digital Deals Declaration:
- Ensure that artists’ share of download and streaming revenues is clearly explained in recording agreements and royalty statements in reasonable summary form.
- Account to artists a good-faith pro-rata share of any revenues and other compensation from digital services that stem from the monetization of recordings but are not attributed to specific recordings or performances.
- Encourage better standards of information from digital services on the usage and monetization of music.
- Support artists who choose to oppose, including publicly, unauthorized uses of their music.
- Support the collective position of the global independent record company sector as outlined in the Global Independent Manifesto below.
We wholly disapprove of certain practices which leave artists under-recompensed and under-informed in the digital marketplace and will work together with the artist community to counter these practices.
CEO and Managing Director of Horus Music, Nick Dunn stated in an recent interview that “we at Horus Music are very excited to be able to publicly state how we along with many of our colleagues across the music industry are working together to ensure the rights of artists are treated fairly and not exploited. The WIN declaration helps artists see which companies have disregard of their music and don’t have a wiliness to share information and income. We have always campaigned and continue to do so that companies give artists fair deals and ensure they are rewarded. I often see court cases against illegal stores who pay huge amounts of money in compensation from the exploitation of music that belongs to artists, yet I know many artists do not ever benefit from that litigation, the companies just keep the profits. This is one way many of us can show and demonstrate we are not like the others.”