Removing 700,000 tracks from the platforms is said to be because of “fundamental differences” between Kobalt and Meta after trying to reach a deal since their previous licence expired.
According to MBW, Kobalt has failed to reach a new agreement with Meta saying that:
“Over the course of several months, we’ve worked diligently and in good faith to come to an agreement covering a new license for Kobalt’s repertoire,Read this next: Users in the EU could lose access to Facebook and Instagram over data row“Unfortunately, fundamental differences remained that we were not able to resolve in your best interests, and as a result, Kobalt’s repertoire is in the process of being removed from Meta’s services, including Facebook and Instagram, in the United States.”
Kobalt’s statement adds: “We’ve always stood for songwriters first, and we’re proud to continue to do so. We remain fully committed to reaching an agreement with Meta.”
It’s estimated that Kolbalt publishes 40% of the top 100 tracks and albums in any typical week for the UK as well as the US therefore by removing their 700,000 wide catalogue will inevitably affect the social media sites dramatically.
Artists published by Kobalt include Skrillex, The Weeknd, Lorde, Eryka Badu, Childish Gambino and many more.
Read Kolbalt’s full statement below.
Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter