Facebook makes its case for not being a social monopoly
US Senate and House committees recently sent Facebook more than 2,000 questions about how it operates its business, as part of the fallout from the recent Cambridge Analytics revelations. Overnight, the social network provided...
June 12, 2018
Merlin turns 10 and celebrates indies: ‘We’re over-indexing’
Independent licensing agency Merlin is celebrating its tenth birthday by revealing that 2017 saw its highest number of new members since its first year of operation. The organisation has grown from a team of three when...
May 25, 2018
Facebook AI team creates ‘universal music translation network’
The music industry has been abuzz with speculation about what, exactly, Facebook has planned for music beyond its first set of user-generated-content focused licensing deals. Few people have suggested that the social network’s...
May 23, 2018
Facebook leak suggests plans for influencer-marketing tool
Any brand – labels included – trying to work out who to enlist for an influencer-marketing campaign is spoiled for choice when it comes to online-dashboards categorising and ranking influencers. Facebook may be preparing...
May 21, 2018
Facebook strikes more deals focusing on independent labels
Facebook announced its latest set of music-licensing deals on Friday, with independent labels the latest frontier for its (currently) UGC-focused efforts. Beggars Group, PIAS and Ingrooves were the latest partners, as...
April 23, 2018
PRS for Music payouts grew by 14.7% in 2017 to set new record
British collecting society PRS for Music is the latest PRO to publish impressive numbers for 2017. Its revenues were up by 12.7% year-on-year to £717m (just over $1bn) while its payouts to members grew by 14.7% to £605.1m...
April 23, 2018
Sandbox Issue 202: GDPR FYI (General Data Protection Regulation)
This week’s lead feature looks at how the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into effect on 25th May in Europe but it has huge global implications for those holding and using consumer data. Against the backdrop...
April 18, 2018
Do Facebook licensing deals offer YouTube a ‘free pass’?
User-generated content (UGC) featuring music, specifically on YouTube, continues to be the biggest source of tension between music rightsholders and Google. Yet could we be on the verge of UGC becoming one of the most exciting...
April 16, 2018
MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’
After a lengthy beta-test period and a succession of licensing deals with music companies, VR music startup MelodyVR is preparing for its commercial launch. In an announcement this morning, the publicly-listed company...
April 5, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: ‘We will dig through this hole’
Mark Zuckerberg’s apology tour of the media continues, with an interview with website Vox about Facebook’s recent data controversies. “I think we will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years,” said...
April 3, 2018
Facebook shuts down its ‘partner categories’ for ad-targeting
Facebook has announced that it’s shutting down its ‘partner categories’ ad-targeting feature. “This product enables third party data providers to offer their targeting directly on Facebook,” explained the social...
March 29, 2018
Facebook reportedly delays unveiling its smart speakers
More Facebook/privacy news – and stop us if this sounds familiar – the social network reportedly WON’T be unveiling its new hardware products at its f8 developer conference in May, as planned. As we predicted earlier...
March 28, 2018