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Streaming services will have to pay more for music, government decides

Streaming services will have to pay more for music, government decides

Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music might be about to get more expensive, thanks to a decision from the Copyright Royalty Board. The CRB, which determines how much songwriters and music publishers are paid by streaming services, handed down a ruling early Saturday that boosts the amount of revenue songwriters and publishers will receive by 50%.

The decision is seen as a blow for Spotify, Apple, Google, and Amazon, who banded together to fight the case brought by the National Music Publishers’ Association and the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International.