Spotify, Apple and Amazon to face MPs in final streaming inquiry session

Spotify, Apple and Amazon to face MPs in final streaming inquiry session

Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music are to face questions from MPs as part of the music streaming inquiry.

Senior executives from the big streaming platforms will be quizzed by members of the DCMS Committee on Tuesday, February 23. Following several sessions, it will be the final day of evidence for the inquiry into the economics of streaming.

The session is expected to focus on streaming revenues, alternative business models such as user-centric payments, the relationship with the music industry and how listener data is used. It will also consider how platforms respond to competition from YouTube, who gave evidence in the previous session

Amazon Music’s Paul Firth will appear before MPs during the session, alongside global execs from Spotify and Apple. 

Digital and Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage (a familiar face for the committee) will also appear before MPs, who are likely to raise protection for copyright in light of the government’s decision not to proceed with a UK equivalent to the EU Copyright Directive. 

The virtual sessions will be available to stream live. The line-up is below:

Witnesses, 15.15: 

·         Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer, Spotify 

·         Elena Segal, global senior director of music publishing, Apple Inc 

·         Paul Firth, director of international music, Amazon 

From approx. 16.30: 

·         Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister for Digital and Culture, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 

·         Robert Specterman-Green, director of media and creative industries, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 

·         Adam Williams, interim director, Copyright and Enforcement Directorate, Intellectual Property Office

In December, committee chair Julian Knight released a statement concerning potential witnesses who might be deterred from coming forward because of fears that action would be taken against them.

Read our previous coverage here.

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