SoundCloud recently rolled out a new track monetization feature for independent creators — but users should be wary of the terms and conditions attached to the deal.
The Verge dug up said terms and conditions and received feedback from industry professionals. Across the board, they found the contract to be more favorable to the platform than the artists. While SoundCloud does offer a means for musicians to get paid for their work, it could be an unfair deal for the artists who get involved with the monetization program.
“This agreement,” media attorney Jeff Becker says, “will allow artists to monetize the exploitation of their music on SoundCloud only if the artist agrees to forego all existing claims he or she may have against the company.”
Not only does the fine print make it impossible to sue SoundCloud and difficult to challenge pay statements, the platform has the power to switch up terms on payout without any negotiation.
The flexible percentages spell out a startling worst-case scenario for artists…
“SoundCloud can say, hey we might change this and we don’t have to give you notice other than just posting it on the service,” explains artist manager Josh Kaplan. “Not even an email. You could just wake up and they could say, actually now the share is 25 percent. And if you didn’t check in online on your SoundCloud [account] you would have no way of knowing. How would you know to opt out, until you got a statement? And you don’t know when you’re getting [the statement] because they’re ambiguous about that.”
SoundCloud Premier Monetization Terms and Conditions
Source: The Verge
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