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...
February 14, 2017
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...
November 14, 2016
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...
November 2, 2016
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...
October 17, 2016
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...
October 10, 2016
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...
September 26, 2016
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:...
September 26, 2016
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...
September 21, 2016
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...
August 11, 2016
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...
August 5, 2016
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.
July 27, 2016