Beatport’s new president Lloyd Star has been talking about the recent controversy around EDM star Kaskade and SoundCloud, and the rights issues around mix sets and mash-ups. “It’s interesting how electronic music is going to pioneer the future of these kinds of rights. Consumers want something to mix content, and the DJs and the copyright holders want to put that copyright out there. It’s unfortunate when technology and legislation gets in the way of that,” he told Billboard, citing Beatport’s own mixes section as one step forward: “When somebody purchases a track, they also gain the license to remix it with another song and put it up for sale or for streaming.” He also talked future strategy. “Over the past 10 years, Beatport’s been focused on accessing users through downloads, and we’re going to continue to do that,” he said, while trailing “providing affinity to music” through social media, events and community features as one key area for growth.
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