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Rightsholders could ‘turn very quickly’ over Facebook licensing

Bloomberg’s piece on Facebook’s music-licensing efforts offers some good colour to the negotiations that are kicking off in earnest between the social network and rightsholders. It emphasises the fact that deals covering...
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Department of Justice appeals consent-decree decision

The US Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the US music-publishing sector has been met with fury by publishers. Unsurprisingly, then, its decision to appeal a September ruling barring the change hasn’t...
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Cür Media loses its Sony Music and Rovi deals

US music-streaming firm Cür Media soft-launched its app earlier this year before running into a morass of funding and licensing issues, which later saw it lay off all its staff. The company isn’t dead yet – it still...
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How sync licensing might work with Dot Blockchain

Dot Blockchain boss Benji Rogers has been blogging about how his project may work for synchronisation licensing, as the second and third phases of its rollout get underway. “Imagine a music ecosystem in which a music supervisor...
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Spotify and Apple Music Dubset deals start to pay off

Startup Dubset Media is trying to license the kind of remixes and mash-ups previously only available on SoundCloud for other streaming services, with Apple Music and Spotify already on its slate of distribution deals. Now...
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SoundCloud tightens up its API access

SoundCloud has long seen itself as the most open digital music service, but now it’s making a change to the way its API works: developers will now have to request access by filling out an application form explaining their...
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ASCAP creates a new digital team

ASCAP is the latest collecting society to beef up its tech capabilities, announcing a new digital team that it promises will make its service “more transparent and efficient” for members. The team is actually two teams:...
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BMI rate-court judge rules against 100% licensing

The US publishing industry is rejoicing after BMI’s rate-court judge ruled against the Department of Justice over 100% licensing. According to Judge Louis Stanton, ‘fractional’ licensing IS acceptable under the consent...
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Pandora to live-stream upcoming Metallica concert

Remember when Metallica and Spotify were sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G? Oh, alright, exclusively L-I-C-E-N-S-I-N-G. In 2016, though, Metallica are exploring the wider field of digital services, announcing a new partnership...
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US DOJ backs “100% licensing” = PROs up in arms but DSPs unruffled

Both ASCAP and BMI have come out and said they would fight against the antitrust office of the Department Of Justice’s argument that 100% licensing (aka “full-works licensing”) is required under the consent decree in...
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The problem with blockchain ‘smart contracts’ for music

One of the elements of blockchain technology that’s been getting some people in the music world excited are ‘smart contracts’ – rights contract that are automatically executed for every payout from a stream or sale.
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Vevo may finally get a WMG licensing deal

It’s an open secret that Vevo’s CEO Erik Huggers has been lobbying hard to secure a licensing deal with Warner Music Group – the sole major holdout from the music-videos service.