Music publishing boss Andrew Jenkins: ‘Copyright should be forever’
“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.” Andrew...
June 12, 2017
Guest Column: Blockchain and Music Data’s Byzantine Problem
This guest column is by Annie Lin, general counsel for Loudr. Nine generals are stationed at separate points around the walls of a massive kingdom. A majority of the generals wish to launch an attack, but in the absence...
May 18, 2017
ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music launch joint blockchain project
Music collecting societies ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music are teaming up for an ambitious partnership based on blockchain technology. The societies said the project will "prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative...
April 7, 2017
PPL and PRS for Music reveal plan to link data sets
Breaking down the walls between different data silos remains one of the music industry’s key challenges in 2017. Now British collecting societies PPL and PRS for Music are taking a step in the right direction, with plans...
March 24, 2017
Songwriters on the march as US royalties hearing kicks off
The issue of streaming royalties for songwriters has been almost constantly in the news over the past couple of years, but this week it’s really seizing the spotlight thanks to the start of a crucial court hearing to decide...
March 9, 2017
Could Sonalytic help Spotify build, not buy SoundCloud?
We reported yesterday on Spotify’s acquisition of British startup Sonalytics, which we’d tipped as one to watch in our recent innovation and startups report. “Their advancements in audio feature detection will be...
March 8, 2017
Spotify buys startup Sonalytic: here’s our primer on who they are
Spotify has acquired British music/tech startup Sonalytic for an undisclosed amount. The streaming service announced the deal this afternoon. "We’re happy to announce that Sonalytic is joining the Spotify family. The...
March 7, 2017
Warner/Chappell’s Mike Smith on A&R: artists, albums, managers and more
Warner/Chappell UK's managing director Mike Smith talked about the future of A&R at today's FastForward conference in Amsterdam. He was interviewed by journalist Cherie Hu about his career, and his views on the evolution...
February 24, 2017
Finnish collecting society Teosto aims for innovation with Futures Lab
Collecting societies have often made easy targets in arguments about the music industry’s attitude towards technological change. Yet in 2017, the dinosaur stereotypes are crumbling – for some collective management organisations...
February 5, 2017
AMRA signs ole partnership and talks Japan, PROs disruption
Kobalt-owned global digital collecting society AMRA has announced its latest deal: with independent music rights management company ole. The partnership will see AMRA licensing the performing and mechanical rights for...
February 3, 2017
Downtown Music Publishing talks rates, tech and the power of the song
“Publishers today are playing an extraordinary part in the artist development ecosystem. Yet the remuneration for our involvement, when the record companies are paid so much more than we are for a stream, is not where we...
December 2, 2016
Universal Music secures Prince catalogue publishing deal
When Prince died earlier this year, there was a considerable amount of untangling to be done around his estate and catalogue. The temporary administrators of his estate announced their latest move yesterday, signing a...
November 3, 2016