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Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify

Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
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Royalty Exchange raises $6.4m in new funding

Songwriter-rights marketplace Royalty Exchange has announced a $6.4m convertible-note funding round, after having originally sought $3m. The company says that songwriters have earned more than $3.8m so far this year by...
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Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming

We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...