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Leto: muscians get the short end of the stick

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Jared Leto

Actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto says that artists and musicians get the short end of the stick when it comes to music streaming.

The Oscar winning actor told The Hollywood Reporter, "We all know that, as content creators, artists and musicians, a great deal of our work is going to be streamed, but the issue is that artists are getting the short end of the stick.

"The streaming companies are paying record labels, but record labels are not paying artists. I'd welcome anybody to debate that. Record companies are taking giant advantages, they're taking pieces of stock options or technology companies in exchange for guaranteeing rights to artists' streams, there's all kind of deals being made, and artists aren't a part of those deals.

"I don't think artists have a seat at the table when it comes to being part of the conversation about the future of technology and creativity. There's a blueprint being made and artists should be part of the design."

He added that technology has benefited artists in other ways, "Technology has been a gift for so many of us - for artists, it's given us the ability to write, record, and distribute music quicker, cheaper and easier than ever before.

"It's still difficult as ever to find an audience and write songs, but it has empowered us and made us less reliant on traditional third parties."

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