Caribou says Domino’s removal of Four Tet’s albums from streaming is “a desperate and vindictive act”

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Meanwhile, the Music Managers Forum (MMF) said the move “raises all kinds of ethical and legal questions”.

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Caribou has stated that Domino’s decision to remove three of Tate’s four albums from streaming services “can only be seen as a desperate and vindictive act”.

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Four Tet – real name Kieran Hebden – signed with Domino in 2001 for the release of their second studio album, ‘Pause’. He released three more records through the label: ‘Rounds’ (2003), ‘Everything Eclectic’ (2005) and ‘There Is Love in You’ (2010).

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Earlier this year, Hebden announced that it was claiming damages against Domino’s for a historic royalty rate applied to the download and streaming revenue of its music, which was first introduced in the ’00s. was released.


In the ongoing lawsuit, Hebden alleges that the label is in breach of contract by exceeding its 18 percent royalty rate (which applies to Domino’s record sales) and states that a “fair” rate of 50 percent allows downloads/streams. should have been given. ,

Hebden claimed in a thread of tweets over the weekend (November 21) that the label had now removed three of his Domino-released albums from the online streaming platform. The producer stated that he was alerted that the move was happening “to prevent” [legal] The matter is going on”.

“I am so upset to see that [Domino] I have removed three of my own albums from digital and streaming services,” Four Tet wrote. “This is heartbreaking to me. People have been asking why they can’t stream music and I’m sad to say that it’s out of my control. ,

Now, Caribou — aka Dan Sneath — has shared his thoughts on Twitter. “Please read this thread from Kieran @fourtet,” he began. “Kieran is my music mentor and I have never met anyone who is committed to the betterment of music culture and being an advocate for independent artists he is.”

Sneath continued: “Her decisions during this time have been consistently driven by setting a proper example for other artists in similar circumstances rather than by their own interest.”


The Canadian musician stated that “it is often assumed that before Merge Records and City shout out slang, it is often assumed that independent labels have common interests at heart and eclectic actors in the current music industry environment”.

“But it is clear from their actions that the management [Domino] are not,” he said. “Knowing more about what’s going on behind the scenes in this case only gives me confidence in this opinion.”

Caribou concluded: “Take down Kieran’s albums rather than allow musicians to set a precedent for achieving [a] A fair share of streaming revenue can only be seen as a desperate and vindictive act.”

Granthshala Domino’s has been contacted for comment.

Writing on Twitter last Sunday, Four Tet said: “I believe there is an issue within the music industry as to how money is being shared in the streaming age and I think there is a fair share for artists.” It’s time to be able to ask for a deal.

“It’s time to try and make changes where we can. I’m not motivated by money, but I have to make a stand when I’m feeling something unfair.”

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists have since issued a statement, stating that “the removal of Four Tet’s first three albums” […] Domino’s from streaming services raises all kinds of ethical and legal questions about the assignment of rights and the power of a label over an artist’s work.”

It continued: “Despite the legal dispute between the two parties, this is a misguided and self-defeating move, and we urge them to reconsider.” You can read the full message below.

The upcoming legal case will be heard by a judge in the High Court’s trade and property courts on January 18 next year.

Four Tet is seeking damages of more than £70,000 on a legal decision on the claim of historic streaming and download royalties as well as a 50 percent rate. His lawyers have argued that the 50 percent rate would apply to all download and streaming services operating outside the UK.

Domino’s has denied that claim and highlighted a separate clause in the 2001 contract. “The royalty rate in respect of records sold in new technology formats other than vinyl, compact disc and analog tape cassettes shall be 75 percent of the rate otherwise applicable.”

It comes as regulators, industry figures and the government continue to investigate streaming remuneration for artists as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Commons selection committee investigation into the matter.

Findings released last month saw lawmakers call for new legislation that “is enshrined in law”. [artists’] Right to a fair share of earnings to remove the disparity in payment received by artists”.

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