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UK musician bodies criticise Epidemic Sound / Adobe deal

In June, creative-software company Adobe announced the launch of a library of royalty-free music and audio with partners Epidemic Sound and Jamendo. Now two bodies representing musicians in the UK have attacked one of those deals.

The Ivors Academy and the Musicians’ Union aren’t happy about Epidemic Sound’s business model of paying composers upfront in ‘full buyout deals’ which do not earn them royalties in the future.

“Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Hoglund claims that musicians will benefit from being discovered on Adobe through Shazam. This exposure narrative forms part of a widespread exploitative model that the music industry has difficulty shaking. Exposure without royalties doesn’t pay the bills,” said the MU’s Naomi Pohl.

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Lady Gaga launches creative Chromatica contest with Adobe

In May we reported on Marshmello teaming up with creative-software firm Adobe on a ‘Be Kind’ campaign, getting fans to create a short video based on his new single. Now the company is launching a new contest with Lady Gaga based around her latest album ‘Chromatica’.

Gaga is providing her own assets for the competition: photos, illustrations, logos, icons and typography, with fans challenged to “create your Chromatica” using Adobe tools like Photoshop and Illustrator. A grand prize of $10k plus a print of their creation autographed by Gaga herself is up for grabs.

There are echoes (possibly unwanted, given its mixed reception) of Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ app back in 2013, which included its own section for creating Gaga-inspired digital art.

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Adobe hits back at Apple in war over Flash

The battle of words between Apple and Adobe continues, with the latter taking out adverts featuring the slogan ‘We Heart Apple’, while publishing an open letter explaining why, well, they don’t. The letter is co-signed by Adobe founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke, who hit out at Apple’s control of its iPhone OS platform.