The British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers And Authors supports the Performing Rights Society for Music.
BASCA has backed PRS for Music’s legal action against SoundCloud, saying that the company’s business model “financially damages” its members. CEO Vick Bain says in a statement:
“As an organisation that works to protect our members’ rights we fully support PRS For Music’s decision to commence legal proceedings against SoundCloud. We acknowledge that streaming is a fantastic means of listening to and enjoying music but SoundCloud’s intransigence in refusing to be licensed through PRS For Music means their model financially damages our members.”
“We encourage all online services to establish frameworks that will fairly compensate songwriters, composers and authors – the PRS For Music online licence is the best way that this can be achieved. SoundCloud has had five years to respond to PRS’s request and should not be allowed to continue to hide behind safe harbour as a reason to deny our members the royalties they’re rightly entitled to.”