Myspace’s resurrection as a social network site again focused on music received applause from a struggling music industry clamoring for more ways to reach a still-fickle audience. However, while Justin Timberlake’s new single, “Suit & Tie,” represents Myspace’s triumphant return to social networking for the music biz, smaller artists may be getting the short end of the stick. Now, a consortium of independent labels are accusing Myspace of using music without permission. Via The New York Times:
The group, Merlin, negotiates digital deals on behalf of labels around the world. Charles Caldas, chief executive of Merlin, said in an interview on Friday that its deal with Myspace expired over a year ago, yet songs from more than 100 of its labels are still available on Myspace, including Beggars Group, Domino and Merge, three of the biggest independents.
“While it’s nice that Mr. Timberlake is launching his service on this platform, and acting as an advocate for the platform,” Mr. Caldas said, “on the other hand his peers as artists are being exploited without permission and not getting remuneration for it.”
Myspace is already seen as an underdog with many questioning if it could ever regain its former clout. Without the support of independent labels, Myspace may have sealed its own fate.