FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell says that streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora are “getting away with murder” by not paying songwriters a fair royalty rate because of the consent decrees that govern how the vast majority of American songwriters are compensated for their work.

Under a “consent decree” issued by the Justice Department in 1941, the moment someone requests a license from ASCAP and the other main publishing royalty organization, BMI, which together control about 90% of all commercially available recorded music, ASCAP or BMI must say yes — before they can negotiate price. When a fee can’t be agreed, a rate-setting court decides the percentage amount of royalties these license holders pay in exchange.

ASCAP and BMI, as well as individual songwriters and publishing companies, have long lobbied for changes to the consent decrees, arguing that the current system fails to take into account innovations that have significantly changed the field, such as digital music played on streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, and claiming that the system under-compensates their members for these rights.

Asked by Rodney Holder of Australia’s Music Business Facts for his opinion on the way streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are changing the landscape of the music industry, Bell said (hear audio below): “I’m part of ASCAP, which is a royalty collection company, like BMI. ASCAP collects my royalty [for songs] that are played live [and on] radio [and used] in movies, commercials… whatever.

“Streaming is a very debated issue right now, because companies like Pandora and Spotify are getting away with murder, basically, because they are going with a contract… they are going with a trademark agreement written in the 1940s to pay the artists the least amount of royalty possible, because in the 1940s, there was no such things as the Internet, and they never expected it. So, because of that, they’re using this copyright/trademark law that was written to get away with paying the artist literally nothing. For instance, an artist like Adele — multi-platinum artist. One of her songs, ‘Someone Like You’ or whatever, had over 11 million listens on Pandora. The person who wrote that song, because of the royalty rate, only got paid 11 thousands dollars. For over 11 million million hits [or] listens on Pandora! That’s fucking ridiculous! And that’s what they’re getting away with, and Pandora is fighting to keep it that way.”

He continued: “ASCAP invited me to a conference. I live on the East Coast, in Pennsylvania, and it just so happens that the area that I live in, my state representative, named Tom Marino, he is on the board to rewrite these trademark laws, to change them. And so ASCAP had a bunch of local artists — I happen to be one of them — who are signed up to ASCAP, who, basically… it’s important for them to get a proper royalty rate to survive. So we met with this representative and we all sat and discussed, like… ‘This is our living. This is what we do.'”

Bell went on to say: “Pirating is bad enough. People think it’s okay to steal downloads and music for free — they think it’s okay — but would they enjoy it if I walked into their house after they created a meal for their family, I’d just pick it up and take it? It’s, like, ‘Oh, it’s free.’ It’s the same thing. You just made this for your family to survive.

“I do records, one, because it’s my passion, and two, so me and my family can survive, and you’re just gonna take it? For free, without paying for it? That’s the analogy we give.

“We are actively fighting this to make sure that all recording are properly… We’re not asking for the world, we’re not asking for a million, we are asking for a decent royalty rate. Because with a decent royalty rate, it makes sense to continue writing, it makes sense to continue being in a band.”

Bell added: “Taylor Swift… She’s a fine example. I’m not much of a fan of her music, but I respect the woman immensely, because she is one of the fiercest fighters for artists about this… over this situation. So I highly respect Taylor Swift, ’cause she fiercely fights for us, and it’s amazing.”

According to Bell, the solution to the complex issue of illegal music downloading is simple. “I just think that people need to be educated,” he said. “Especially the younger generation that feel that they’re entitled to everything for free — free Internet. Which is not the case. People work hard to make this. And there needs to be stipulations and things put into place so people start paying for things again. ‘Cause it needs to happen.”

He continued: “Napster, as genius of a technological revolution it was, it fucked a lot of people — it really did. And it created a mentality of, ‘Oh, shit! It’s free. Everything’s free. Wooo!’ It really created a negative impact. And it’s really sad. But at least there is one aspect of the metal community… The metal community is one of the communities of music that do continue to buy albums — CDs and vinyl — which is pretty strange. The metal community is very passionate about the music. And every day on stage, I’m announcing that we have a new record coming out and I’m also saying, ‘If you love the music, you need to support your favorite artists. Because if you do not support your favorite artists, there’s no way that your favorite artists will be able to come out here and play for you.’ And I put it that way. ‘Cause if you put it in that context, it’s, like, ‘Well, if I don’t support them, they won’t be here for me? What?’ Yeah. It’s true.”

FEAR FACTORY‘s new album, “Genexus”, was released on August 7 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Lists San Diego Home For $5.375 Million

MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Lists San Diego Home For .375 Million

According to the Los Angeles Times, MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine has put his estate in Fallbrook, California on the market for $5.375 million.

The 9.5-acre country English-style home in the northern San Diego community was built in 1990 and includes vineyards, pastureland and a pond.

The 5,345 square feet of living space includes a paneled media room/den, a bar, an office, a gym, five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two powder rooms. There is also a state-of-the-art sound and recording studio, a control room, a reception room and a producer’s boarding room.

Check out photos of the property at Los Angeles Times.

Mustaine and his family moved to Nashville in October 2014 after living in Fallbrook for many years.

In a May 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Mustaine stated about his decision to move to Tennessee: “This is the fourth time we’ve lived here. We still have our San Diego house but we’re planning on selling soon and making this permanent.”

He continued: “You know the saying, ‘Happy wife, happy life’? My wife and daughter are very, very, very happy here.”

Mustaine went on to say: “It’s been great. The people are wonderful here. There’s certain things I miss about California… and certain people I don’t. But it’s funny. I was driving to the studio the other day and I was kind of speeding and I see this sheriff. And I’m like, ‘Oh god, I’m busted.’ So I do a quick pull-in to the place where I’m going to eat breakfast, I sit down at a table and I start looking out the window. I see the sheriff make a U-turn and pass the restaurant real slow, and then he pulls into the parking lot. He walks in, comes right up to me and I’m thinking, OK, I’m nailed. I start to reach for my wallet. But then he goes, ‘I just want to tell you I’m a big fan. We all knew you were moving here and we’re so excited to have you here. Welcome.’ I was like, ‘Get the fuck out!'”
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RAMMSTEIN: Performance Clip Of 'Benzin' From 'Rammstein In Amerika' DVD

RAMMSTEIN: Performance Clip Of 'Benzin' From 'Rammstein In Amerika' DVD

RAMMSTEIN made a triumphant return to the U.S. stage for the first time in 10 years, to headline one sold-out concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The venue’s more than 18,000 seats were snatched up for the special appearance within less than 30 minutes of going on sale, heralding RAMMSTEIN‘s return with a frenzied fanfare on par with the German band’s elaborate stage presentation. On September 25, Island/UMe will release “Rammstein In Amerika” in 2DVD and 2Blu-ray packages, pairing the incendiary Madison Square Garden concert, expertly filmed and recorded in 5.1 surround, with a feature-length documentary film directed by Hannes Rossacher. A 20-minute film about the making of RAMMSTEIN‘s sixth album, “Liebe Ist Für Alle Da”, is also included.

The two-hour “Rammstein In Amerika” documentary throws open the band’s private archives spanning more than 20 years, including a trove of never-before-seen footage. Originated and personally overseen by RAMMSTEIN, the film is a fascinating chronological exploration of the band’s history, from the members’ shared experience of limited touring and other creative business opportunities behind the Iron Curtain in their native East Germany to bursting onto the world’s stage as metal/rock heroes after Germany’s reunification. The film follows RAMMSTEIN‘s first forays into U.S. touring and American music business dealings in the 1990s, their work with David Lynch for the “Lost Highway” soundtrack, global radio and music television success, and international touring, which included the 1999 arrest of two of the band’s members in Massachusetts for elements of their stage presentation deemed by local police to be “lewd and lascivious behavior.”

The film also goes behind the scenes with RAMMSTEIN‘s retreat from America in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, before concluding with the band’s eventual return to perform in America on November 12, 2010 at Madison Square Garden. In addition to RAMMSTEIN‘s Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Z. Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (bass), Flake Lorenz (keyboard), and Christoph Schneider (drums, percussion), several well-known American artists, including Iggy Pop, Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Moby, Melissa Auf der Maur, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland, Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH), Jonathan Davis (KORN), CJ Ramone, Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), SLIPKNOT, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KISS and Taylor Momsen, are among the documentary’s diverse and insightful participants.

Shot in high definition with 14 cameras and 5.1 surround audio, RAMMSTEIN‘s “Live From Madison Square Garden” concert film shows the band in full creative stride as they command the stage for their roof-raising return to New York. RAMMSTEIN‘s complete performance of 18 songs is captured in the film, clocking in for one hour and 41 minutes of visual and sonic annihilation. Also included is Paul Landers‘s 20-minute “Making Of Liebe Ist Für Alle Da” documentary, which takes viewers into the studio during RAMMSTEIN‘s November/December 2008 sessions for the band’s sixth album in Sonoma, California.

“Live From Madison Square Garden” track listing:

01. Rammlied
02. B********
03. Waidmanns Heil
04. Keine Lust
05. Weisses Fleisch
06. Feuer Frei!
07. Wiener Blut
08. Frühling In Paris
09. Ich Tu Dir Weh
10. Du Riechst So Gut
11. Benzin
12. Links 2 3 4
13. Du Hast
14. Pussy
15. Sonne
16. Haifisch
17. Ich Will
18. Engel

A performance clip of the song “Benzin”, taken from “Live From Madison Square Garden”, can be seen below.

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AC/DC Drummer PHIL RUDD Has Paid Less Than Half Of Court-Ordered Reparation

AC/DC Drummer PHIL RUDD Has Paid Less Than Half Of Court-Ordered Reparation

According to Radio New Zealand, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has paid out less than half of his required $120,000 in reparations following his recent sentencing to eight months of home detention by a New Zealand court after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.

Rudd has been meeting with a specialist psychiatrist but authorities remain concerned about his behavior. He has also reconciled with his would-be victim.

Rudd‘s lawyer, Craig Tuck, argued the drummer should have been discharged without conviction and appealed against his sentence on the basis that it was “manifestly excessive.”

But High Court Justice Raynor Asher said on Tuesday (October 6) that the consequences of Rudd‘s sentence were not out of proportion to the offense, explaining, “Even with the convictions, Mr. Rudd may practice as a musician in session work and in concerts in New Zealand and in other countries.”

Tuck said Rudd had so far paid $50,000 of the fine and the rest of it was “being sorted”.

“As I understand it, [the fine] is being resolved and worked through, presently, so there were a number of matters that were raised on appeal — that was one of them,” the lawyer said.

“It was to be paid by the 20th of September, and, of course, the appeal was on the basis that it would be paid.”

Rudd is seeing a court-appointed psychiatrist named Rupert Bird, who specializes in methamphetamine psychosis and who the drummer said is “helping me through my imbalances and personal issues.”

Rudd is also in a rehab program and is not allowed to have alcohol in his house, although he was arrested for a second time recently when a female guest brought alcohol to his place — a charge he’ll face in court in November.

The charge of threatening to kill was the result of him reportedly trying to hire someone to “take out” his personal assistant after Rudd was angered by the poor launch of his 2014 solo debut, “Head Job”.

Rudd called the charge a “complete crock of shit,” although he admitted, “I wasn’t handling it very well.”

Rudd‘s status with AC/DC seems to be non-existent at the moment. Although he says he’s “never been fitter,” he was replaced in AC/DC back in February by Chris Slade. The band has shown no inclination for Rudd to return.
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