Guest post by Alaister Moughan The debate on the future of the music business and the streaming economy is often framed by discussions of user base and per stream payments. What these parameters leave out is the business practices which bring about these rates. This article utilizes SoundCloud as a contemporary case study to examine these practices and reveal the backdrop of complexity. Combined with the interests and music business practices of different parties: content owners, recording artists, songwriters, and users - the situation becomes as tangled a set of neglected Christmas tree lights. Sorting through this entanglement and being...

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