Four Tet albums removed from streaming amid Domino Records copyright dispute
Earlier this year, Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden took legal action against Domino Records over a dispute over streaming and download royalties for the first three albums he released with the label: 2001’s Pause, 2003 Sleeves, and the years 2005 All ecstatic. All three albums were recently pulled from digital stores and streaming services, as Hebden pointed out on his social media account.
âI’m so upset that @Dominorecordco has deleted all 3 albums he owns from digital and streaming services,â Hebden wrote. on Twitter. âIt breaks my heart. People ask me why they can’t stream music and I’m sad to have to say it’s out of my control.
He continued via a series of tweets:
I have an ongoing legal dispute with Domino regarding the rate they are paying me for streaming which is due in court on January 18th. It was in the press a short time ago.
Earlier this week, Domino’s legal representative said he would be removing my music from all digital services in order to stop the case from progressing. I did not agree with them taking this step and I am really shocked that it has come to this.
I signed with Domino over 20 years ago, in another era before streaming and downloads were something we thought about.
I saw the people who ran Domino as my friends and as motivated in trying to create a great music community. As a result, Domino owns 3 of my albums forever. The music that I have created is important to me and to many of you as well.
I think there is a problem within the music industry about how the money is shared in the age of streaming and I think it’s time for artists to be able to ask for a more deal. just.
It’s time to try to make changes where we can. I am not motivated by money, but I have to take a stand when I experience something that is just plain unfair.
Shout out to everyone who appreciates my music and supports what I do !! I hope we can get this music back soon …
the 2010s There is love in you, which was also released on Domino, was part of a separate contract and is still available digitally. When the legal dispute was made public earlier this year, attorneys for Domino argued that when the contract for these albums was made, “streaming was not … a common method for the legal distribution of recorded music. “.