Earlier this year, Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden took legal action against Domino Records over a dispute over streaming and download royalties for the first three albums he released with the label: 2001’s. Pause, 2003 Rounds, and from 2005 All ecstatic. Those three albums were recently removed from digital stores and streaming services, as Hebden noted on his social media account.
“I am so upset to see that @Dominorecordco has removed the 3 albums of mine that they own from streaming and digital services,” Hebden wrote. On twitter. “This is heartbreaking. People are reaching out to ask why they can’t stream the music and it saddens me to have to say it’s out of my control. “
He continued through a series of tweets:
I have an ongoing legal dispute with Domino about the rate they pay me for the broadcast that will be presented in court on January 18. It was in the press a while ago.
Earlier this week, Domino’s legal representative said they would remove my music from all digital services to halt the progress of the case. I did not agree with them taking this step and I am really surprised that it has come to this.
I signed with Domino over 20 years ago, at a different time before streaming and downloads were something we thought about.
I considered the people running Domino to be my friends and they were motivated by trying to create a great music community. As a result, Domino owns 3 of my albums forever. The music I create is important to me and to many of you as well.
I think there is a problem within the music industry about how money is shared in the age of streaming and I think it is time for artists to ask for a fairer deal.
It is time to try to make changes where we can. I am not driven by money, but I have to defend myself when I am experiencing something that is simply unfair.
Shout out to everyone who is enjoying my music and supporting the things I do !! Hope we can get this music back soon …
From 2010 There is love in you, which also launched on Domino, was part of a separate contract and is still available digitally. When the legal dispute was made public earlier this year, Domino’s lawyers argued that when the contract for these albums was signed, “transmission was not … a conventional method for the legal distribution of recorded music.”