SoundCloud's Monetization Contract Has a Nasty Indemnification Clause — But Does It Matter?

Somebody learn the positive print on SoundCloud’s new Premier monetization program.

For many rising artists, this in all probability received’t be a dealbreaker.  But there are a number of land mines in SoundCloud’s person settlement for its just-launched monetization program.

The newly-launched program is named SoundCloud Premier, and it was introduced earlier this month (extra particulars on this system right here).  If you've got greater than 5,000 performs then you definitely’re eligible to take part within the ad-monetization program, although the preliminary rollout is going on throughout 9 (fairly massive) nations just like the U.S., Canada, and Germany.

But do you have to signal?

Dani Deahl and Nila Patel over at The Verge determined to scrutinize the brand-new settlement, and are calling the brand new deal predatory — or near it.  “As indie artists escape predatory label contracts, streaming companies could also be providing one thing simply as dangerous,” the duo leads off of their takedown.

The Verge is a fairly sizable publication, so it’s totally attainable that SoundCloud will concern a number of modifications.  But for now, listed here are a number of the sticking factors to be careful for (you may take a look at the contract on the backside of the web page right here).

The excellent news is that SoundCloud isn’t touching the copyrights on any uploaded music.  There’s additionally an honest share share (see under).  But the kicker is that by signing the Premier contract, you agree which you could by no means sue SoundCloud for any motive.

That contains helping in another lawsuit towards SoundCloud, and all disputes have to be resolved by an arbitrator.