Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, is taking label Domino Records to UK court over streaming royalties. Music Week reports that Hebden's claims for damages are over the Four Tet records released by Domino in the '00s. Other artists have disputed royalty rates, but Music Week reports this is the first to make it to High Court. This comes after out-of-court settlemen talks reached an impasse and Hebden is asking for £70,000 in damages, as well as legal costs and for the court to grant him a 50% royalty rate on the music in question on streaming services outside the UK.
The dispute comes down to, as is usually the case, some language within Hebden's contract with Domino which was signed in 2001: “In respect of the exploitation of the Masters and any videos embodying the Masters and received by us from our licensees outside the UK we shall credit your audio and audio-visual royalty accounts respectively with 50% of all royalties and fees arising from such exploitation.”