Editorial

Those with the power to eradicate the music biz black box ‘are looking the other way’

Independent operators are being dealt a bad hand by a system that blindly distributes unallocated royalties from streaming, social media and more according to market share. This company says it can solve the transparency issue – but is this a problem that some would rather not fix?

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