Could it be the beginning of the end for Soundcloud?
Over the last few years as Spotify has looked to increase its paid membership and with ever-growing restrictions on Youtube, Soundcloud has become one of the most popular streaming services on the planet.
What started out as an online forum for budding artists to get themselves out there has now become one of the most common platforms on which music is shared.
But with this increased exposure has also come pressure from industry bodies who believe the site is breaching copyright law.
Such a grievance from The Performing Rights Society for Music has gathered pace and it has sent a statement to its members stating “after careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against SoundCloud.
“[Soundcloud] continues to deny it needs a PRS for Music licence for its existing service available in the UK and Europe, meaning it is not remunerating our members. Ultimately, it is SoundCloud’s decision as to whether it starts paying for the ongoing use of our members’ music or stops using these works entirely.”
With this in mind, it seems like whatever the the result of these legal proceedings, SoundCloud is on the verge of going through some pretty big changes.
It’s fair to say over the coming months and years keen users should have a careful eye on content being removed, payment walls appearing or perhaps even a full-scale collapse if SoundCloud is dealt with particularly harshly. Watch this space.