The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) has issued a condemnation music licensing platform Epidemic Sound, insisting that it shows “disrespect for fundamental authors’ economic and moral rights.”
The Belgium-based ECSA, which represents more than 30,000 songwriters and composers in nearly 30 European countries, feels that Epidemic Sound is taking advantage music creators.
The company sells royalty-free music to various types entities for use in their video productions. They acquire this music from 100% buy-out contracts, in which they buy full rights to music in exchange for a lump sum money. The problem the ECSA has with the company is that it is allegedly using these contracts as an excuse to replace the actual author the songs with its own name in credits.
The ECSA noted with disappointment how Swedish Public Service TV (SVT) has ten listed Epidemic Sound as the creator music that it uses in its productions. It claims that the SVT, which is funded by Swedish taxpayers, is both promoting Epidemic Sound and providing it financial value when it should really be promoting the actual creators the songs and giving these people the financial value associated with such promotion.
In its complaint, the ECSA insists that the moral right authors to receive attribution for their work has not only been recognized by international law for many decades but is also an integral part Swedish law.
The ECSA is asking both companies and public broadcasters who are seeking music for their productions to refrain from doing business with companies like Epidemic Sound, which they believe do not respect the moral rights authors. It is further asking music creators to refrain from signing away these rights.
The organization also wants all members the European Union to prevent buy-out contracts that do not respect the moral rights authors, in line with EU Articles 18 through 23.