Spotify‘s Horacio Gutierrez has grow to be a widely known determine within the music business – whether or not sat reverse file labels throughout licensing negotiations, tussling with music publishers over mechanical royalty charges, or appearing because the firebrand chief of SPOT’s authorized assault on Apple over the latter agency’s app retailer fees.
However now, after almost six years with Spotify, Gutierrez is leaving – exiting his place as SPOT’s Head of World Affairs and Chief Authorized Officer for a high job at The Walt Disney Firm.
Gutierrez has been named Senior Government Vice President, Normal Counsel and Secretary of Disney. His appointment is efficient February 1, 2022, and he’ll report on to Disney CEO Bob Chapek.
Gutierrez will succeed longtime Disney veteran Alan Braverman who, as was introduced in July, is retiring after almost 20 years as Normal Counsel.
“Horacio is an extremely expert lawyer and dynamic chief who involves Disney with 35 years of authorized expertise in markets across the globe. Having spent greater than 20 years working for premier expertise firms, he has an in depth understanding of the advanced authorized questions that include technological disruption and fast business change,” mentioned Chapek. “Horacio is a key addition to my management group, and I look ahead to working with him as he builds on Alan’s excellent legacy main our unparalleled authorized group.”
Commented Gutierrez: “I’m humbled to have the chance to steer Disney’s world authorized group, to work with Bob Chapek and his management group, and to contribute to some of the admired and beloved firms on this planet because it builds on its many strengths and transforms for the long run.
“It’s a explicit honor for me to succeed Alan Braverman, an iconic determine within the authorized occupation, who during the last 20 years has constructed one of many largest and most admired authorized departments on this planet.”
Gutierrez exits Spotify amid the streamer’s ongoing enchantment towards a streaming royalty fee rise for songwriters and publishers in america.
In January 2018, songwriters within the US loved a significant victory when the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) dominated that royalty charges for streaming and different mechanical makes use of would rise to 44% out there within the 5 years between 2018 and 2022.
The ruling included a major enhance within the general share of income paid to songwriters – from 10.5% to 15.1% within the 5 years between 2018 and 2022 – which might mark the most important fee enhance within the historical past of the CRB.
On January 1 (2022), the CEO of the Nationwide Music Publishers’ Affiliation, David Israelite, wrote on social media: “At present is meant to be the day music streaming companies like Spotify [and] Amazon Music begin paying songwriters 15.1% of their income as per the 2018 courtroom choice giving songwriters their first pay rise in a era.
“That’s not taking place as a result of these tech giants are STILL in courtroom making an attempt to disclaim this overdue pay rise.”
Evidently, they are going to now be in courtroom minus Horacio Gutierrez.
In the meantime, in October (2021) Spotify proposed new US mechanical royalty charges for the later five-year interval between 2023 and 2027.
In a recent submitting with the CRB, Spotify proposed that songwriters and publishers obtain 10.5% of a streaming service’s related revenues through the 2023 – 2027 interval.
That’s almost half the dimensions of what the Nationwide Music Publishers’ Affiliation is proposing.
For the previous two years, Horacio Gutierrez has served as Head of World Affairs and Chief Authorized Officer for Spotify, main a worldwide group of enterprise, company communications and public affairs, authorities relations, licensing, operations, and authorized professionals accountable for the corporate’s work in areas together with business relations, content material partnerships, and public coverage.
Gutierrez was beforehand Spotify’s Normal Counsel and Vice President, Enterprise & Authorized Affairs from 2016 to 2019.
Previous to becoming a member of Spotify, Gutierrez was Company Vice President and Normal Counsel for Microsoft, overseeing the corporate’s authorized affairs around the globe, together with assist of the whole lifecycle of Microsoft’s services, from analysis and improvement to enterprise improvement actions, M&A, litigation, authorized compliance, and cybercrime prevention.
He initially joined Microsoft in 1998 as Company Legal professional, LATAM, and held plenty of positions of accelerating duty all through the authorized division throughout his 17-year tenure with the corporate.
In 2020, Spotify employed former HBO authorized chief, Eve Konstan, as Normal Counsel reporting to Gutierrez.Music Enterprise Worldwide