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Four Tet Says Former Domino Record Company Withdrawn Three Of Their Albums From Digital Services Due To Copyright Dispute: “It’s Heartbreaking To Me”

The dispute between Kieran Hebden and the former Domino Recordings record company took another turn, with the artist also known as Four Tet accusing the label of removing three of the albums he recorded for them from digital services in a bid to stop the progress of an ongoing court case .

Hebden takes legal action against Domino, claiming that the royalty rates he pays on a number of his albums and EPs released in the 2000s are in breach of contract.

The contract, which was signed in 2001, stipulates that the producer is liable for an 18% royalty rate on sales of vinyls, cassettes and CDs. However, Domino also applies this rate to streaming and downloads.

Hebden argues that Domino should pay a 50% increased royalty rate for streaming and downloads. He seeks damages of up to £ 70,000 plus costs, in addition to a legal judgment on the royalty rate.

In total, four Four Tet albums have been released on Domino: Pause (2001), Rounds (2003), Everything Ecstatic (2005) and There Is Love In You (2010). At the time of writing, only the extended edition of There Is Love In You (which was released on Text Records) is still available on Spotify.

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In a series of TweetsHebden began by saying, “I’m so upset that Domino Records has deleted all 3 albums that he owns from digital and streaming services. It’s heartbreaking for me. People ask me why they can’t stream music and I’m sad to have to say it’s out of my control.

He continued, “Earlier this week, Domino’s legal representative said he would remove my music from all digital services in order to stop the progress of the case. I did not agree with them taking this step and I am really shocked that it has come to this.

“I signed with Domino over 20 years ago, another time before streaming and downloads were something we thought about.

“I saw the people who ran Domino as my friends and as motivated in trying to create a great music community. As a result, Domino owns 3 of my albums forever. The music that I have created is important to me and to many of you as well.

“I think there is a problem within the music industry about how the money is shared in the age of streaming and I think it’s about time artists could ask for a bigger deal. just.

“It’s time to try to make changes where we can. I am not motivated by money, but I have to take a stand when I experience something that is just plain unfair.

“Shout out to everyone who appreciates my music and supports what I do !! Hope we can get this music back soon …”

Hebden says the case is due to be heard on Jan. 18.