Inforgraphic: How Much Do Digital Music Services Pay Copyright Owners?

As music fans continue to have more options in their digital music consumption, the ways that artists and copyright holders get paid continues to become more complicated and fuzzy – often because of outdated copyright laws and private negotiations occurring between artists, labels and streaming services. Given that digital music services like Spotify and Pandora are continuing to see their user bases grow at the same time that global music sales continue to decline overall, music services need to become transparent enough so that artists can get a clearer grasp of the viability and sustainability of their music careers through the usage of their recordings.

With that in mind, the following infographic displays the projected revenue for 2012 earned by Pandora, Sirius XM and Spotify, and then compares that to the amount of money copyright holders receive in return for the usage of their recordings.

Via Hypebot and Buzzfeed