Four Tet, AKA Kieran Hebden, has introduced that he has settled his dispute with Domino Records over royalty charges.
In August 2021, Hebden sought damages in opposition to the impartial British file label for making use of a historical royalty charge to streaming income and downloads of 4 studio albums he launched at the label between 2001 and 2010.
When Hebden signed to Domino in 2001, streaming services and products didn’t but exist and his contract stipulated an 18% royalty charge for bodily gross sales. With the arrival of streams and downloads, Domino persisted to use the 18% charge.
But Hebden and his attorneys argued that he’s entitled to a “reasonable” 50% royalty on streams and downloads, and sought damages of as much as £70,000 plus prices in a case that used to be because of move sooner than the industry and assets courts of the High Court.
In November 2021, Domino got rid of Hebden’s first 3 albums for the label – Pause (2001), Rounds (2003) and Everything Ecstatic (2005) – from virtual shops and streaming services and products. At the time, Hebden mentioned he had now not agreed to this and mentioned he used to be “truly shocked”.
Today, he introduced that Domino had recognised his unique declare and agreed to pay a 50% royalty charge on streaming and downloads, and that those transactions must be handled as a licensing settlement somewhat than similar to a CD or vinyl sale.
Hebden shared pictures of the agreement, which confirmed that he would obtain £56,921.08 in recognize of all historic streaming and obtain source of revenue from the accounting duration starting off 1 July 2017 – specifically the variation between the 18% and 50% royalty charges – along with easy pastime calculated at a charge of five% in line with 12 months.
“It has been a difficult and stressful experience to work my way through this court case and I’m so glad we got this positive result, but I feel hugely relieved that the process is over,” Hebden wrote in a sequence of tweets.
He mentioned he was hoping his state of affairs would open up a “constructive” discussion and inspire different artists to pursue “a fairer deal” on historical contracts.
Nonetheless, he mentioned that Domino nonetheless owned those portions of his again catalogue for existence and that he used to be now not given the strategy to take again possession of his paintings. “I hope these types of life of copyright deals become extinct,” he wrote. “The music industry isn’t definitive and given its evolutionary nature it seems crazy to me to try and institutionalise music in that way.”
Hebden’s attorney Aneesh Patel instructed Resident Advisor: “The case came at an important time while there was a government enquiry into the economics of streaming and the Broken Record campaign has been gaining increasing momentum.”
Pause, Rounds and Everything Ecstatic have additionally been restored to streaming services and products and virtual platforms. The Guardian has contacted Domino for remark.
Hebden has been liberating tune since 1997 underneath quite a few names, together with Four Tet, Percussions, 00110100 01010100 and ⣎⡇ꉺლ༽இ̛)ྀ◞ ༎ຶ ༽ৣৢ؞ৢ؞ؖ ꉺლ, in addition to in collaboration with artists corresponding to Steve Reid, Geoff McIntire (as Dempsey) and Adem Ilhan and Sam Jeffers (as Fridge).
He has persisted to make albums underneath the Four Tet title since leaving Domino. His closing, Parallel, used to be launched on his personal impartial label Text Records in December 2020. That month, Hebden additionally launched the album 871 underneath his 00110100 01010100 alias, additionally on Text.