CD Baby Acquires, Soundrop To Expand Artist Services

CD Baby has acquired, the digital music marketing platform; and the indie digital distributor has big plans for it and’s Soundrop app, which was at one time the most popular playlisting and social listening app for Spotify. offers digtal tools used by 5000 artists and labels to share content and collect fan data. CD Baby says there will be no disruption of services after the acquisition.  “For existing customers, it will be business as usual,” says Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby.

Source: CD Baby Acquires, Soundrop To Expand Artist Services, Pledges New Distribution Approach That Favors Constant Creation – hypebot

Song right societies collected €7.5 billion last year, says CISAC report 

CISAC, the organisation that brings together all the song right collecting societies around the world, has published its annual Global Collections Report, bringing together all sorts of data and figures for 2015. Together, monies collected by all those collecting societies topped €7.5 billion last year, up 8.5% year-on-year.

CISAC also counts amongst its membership some collecting societies that represent other groups of creators from the audio-visual and visual art communities, meaning that the total figure recorded in the report is €8.6 billion.

Source: Song right societies collected €7.5 billion last year, says CISAC report | Complete Music Update

How Streaming Is Changing The Sound Of Pop Music 

Throughout the history of the music business, the goal was always the same: get people to purchase records. Once that purchase was made, it didn’t matter whether the record was played or not.

But streaming has completely changed the game. For the first time, financial success is no longer based on one-time sales, but on ongoing streams. The more a track is played, the bigger the payout. The implications of this shift are massive.

Source: How Streaming Is Changing The Sound Of Pop Music – hypebot

Europe’s Digital Single Market: How It Could Kill The Indie Film Biz 

Independent film financing has never been a walk in the park, and a lukewarm American Film Market this month coupled with an age of political, digital and economic uncertainty mean the preselling game has become more challenging than ever.

But if there’s one thing that could kill off the entire indie business as we know it: a series of regulations being mulled over in Europe right now with regard to the European Commission’s strategy for a Digital Single Market. Indeed, it’s a complex issue, but at its beating heart lies a dangerous prospect for the future of the audio-visual sector, which threatens to dismantle territory-by-territory licensing in Europe.

Source: Europe’s Digital Single Market: How It Could Kill The Indie Biz | Deadline

Ten Rights Hacks: Actionable Advice From Two Key Players

One of the most instructive programs on the Publishing Perspectives Stage at Frankfurt Book Fair last month was a special presentation of “Ten Rights Hacks” from US-based rights expert Kris Kliemann, who until recently directed global rights for John Wiley & Sons, and Jane Tappuni, who leads business development and marketing for the transactional rights marketplace IPR License.

Here’s a review of the ten points that Tappuni and Kliemann offered to the audience, with some of their comments. As in any good Top 10 list, Kliemann and Tappuni started with No. 10 and worked backward.

Source: Ten Rights Hacks: Actionable Advice From Two Key Players

BPI Launches Innovation Hub

bpi_innovation_hubUK record labels’ association, the BPI, has launched the BPI Innovation Hub – a new forum that seeks to harness the potential of creativity and innovation by matching innovative tech companies with record labels that are looking to utilise new technology in their business.

The BPI will look to convene the Innovation Hub on a quarterly basis, inviting selected companies to meet with and present to each other with the aim of developing productive business partnerships that will generate long-term commercial opportunities.

Source: Media Centre

10,000 Radio Stations File Suit Against Azoff’s Global Music Rights

A group representing 10,000 commercial radio stations has filed a lawsuit against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights, hoping to force the performance rights organization to submit to Department of Justice-controlled pricing, similar to other PROs ASCAP and BMI.

GMR was created in 2014 by Azoff and Madison Square Garden Entertainment as a way to generate more revenue for its songwriters. Unlike other PROs, GMR was not governed by a 75-year-old consent decree that controlled how much it charged radio stations, venues, restaurants and other commercial music users for the performance of music within its repertoire.

Source: 10,000 Radio Stations File Suit Against Azoff’s Global Music Rights – hypebot

News Media Alliance Launches Copyright Compliance Initiative

Today the News Media Alliance launched the News Media Licensing Initiative, a new program which aims to bolster global digital news distribution and consumption in compliance with the U.S. copyright system. The Alliance unveiled the new initiative at the FIBEP World Media Intelligence Congress in Washington, DC.

The News Media Licensing Initiative will be focused on educating media intelligence firms, called Media Monitoring Organizations (MMOs), on the importance of copyright compliance and ways that they can partner with news organizations in support of high-quality journalism.

Source: News Media Alliance Launches Copyright Compliance Initiative

Blockai Announces Instagram Integration For Instant Copyright Claims

Blockai, a blockchain-enhanced copyright platform for creative professionals, today announced a new integration with Instagram.

Using Blockai, it is even easier for photographers and artists to claim their copyrights. They just link their Instagram to enable the import of existing photos, and for new photos simply add the hashtag #blockai. A comment appears under the photo with a link to the copyright claim.

Source: Blockai Announces Instagram Integration For Instant Copyright Claims – Blockchain News

Librarians, Archivists, Call On WIPO Members To Create Safe Harbor Against Copyright Liability 

archives-flickrThe age of digitisation has opened new doors to distribution of information including for libraries and archives. However, librarians and archivists are often confronted with risk of liability for copyright infringement, nationally and in cross-border activities. This week, they asked the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committee to provide them not only with some exceptions to copyright, but with protection against liability.

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is taking place from 14-18 November. On the SCCR agenda is copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives. On 17 November, librarians and archivists took the floor to explain why an international standard protecting them against liability is indispensable.

Source: Librarians, Archivists, Call On WIPO Members To Create Safe Harbour Against Copyright Liability – Intellectual Property Watch

Is blockchain causing a music revolution?

Peer lending and crowdfunding have already greatly changed different industries. With the cryptosphere, there are now new ways of funding projects and selling products. It places all necessary tools directly in the hands of the project manager.

Without centralized databases and third party governance structures, all crucial decisions can be made by an artist himself, his manager, an artist’s team, or even via crowdsourcing in collaboration with fans.

Source: Is blockchain causing a music revolution?

Court: French law on digital versions of out-of-print books flouts EU directive 

A French law that allows royalty collectors to authorise the publication of digital versions of out-of-print books is not compatible with the EU copyright directive, Europe’s top court has ruled.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that authors must be informed about any plans to release their out-of-print books in this way so that they can object if they wish, and that the French law does not require this.

Source: French law on digital versions of out-of-print books flouts EU directive | Ars Technica UK

U.S. Copyright Office Reopens DMCA Safe Harbor Debate, Seeks Comments 

As it promised it would earlier this year, the U.S. Copyright Office is reviewing current safe harbor policies that say that YouTube and other internet companies cannot be held liable when their users upload and distribute content without licences, provided that they take it down when informed of the infringement.

To help guide their decision, the Copyright Office has opened a new comment period that it says will provide, “an opportunity for interested parties to reply or expand upon issues raised in written comments (previously) submitted and during the public roundtables held in May.

Source: U.S. Copyright Office Reopens DMCA Takedown and Safe Harbor Debate, Asks For Comments – hypebot

Internet Giants Warn of Mass User Terminations If Recent Appellate Ruling Left Untouched 

The recent appellate decision in the long-running lawsuit brought by record labels and music publishers against MP3Tunes didn’t get a tremendous amount of attention, but Google, Facebook, eBay, Twitter and other digital giants are aghast at the result and warning of dire consequences without a do-over.

On Oct. 25, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals gave copyright holders some big victories by narrowing the circumstances whereby internet service providers can claim safe harbor from copyright liability.

Source: Internet Giants Warn of Mass User Terminations If Recent Appellate Ruling Left Untouched | Hollywood Reporter

6 Important Music Tech Predictions From 20 Industry Tastemakers 

Live music technology is transforming the industry. Those who stay ahead of the curve have a huge opportunity to impress fans, simplify their work, and increase profit. So, how can you get smarter about how you use technology to produce and promote live shows?

To find out, we interviewed 20 music and technology leaders who are on the cutting edge of music technology. We also surveyed nearly 50 live music venues about their top challenges, and how they’re using technology to solve them.

Source: 6 Important Music Tech Predictions From 20 Industry Tastemakers – hypebot

Tech Giants Send Trump a Roadmap on Copyright, Encryption, Net Neutrality 

A trade group that represents Facebook, Google and Amazon sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Monday that included a roadmap of key policy priorities covering topics like immigration and net neutrality, as well as copyright and patent reform.

The Internet Association, whose members also include Netflix and Uber and other tech companies, congratulated Trump on his victory and said the industry “looks forward to engaging in an open and productive dialogue” about key issues.

Source: Tech Giants Send Trump a Roadmap on Copyright, Encryption, Net Neutrality | Billboard

What Does the “B” Word Mean for Music?

First and foremost, there’s the question of ownership. Determining who should own, maintain, and ensure the ongoing integrity of a music catalog is crucial to its existence and long-term value to the music industry. Any solution that excludes either artists or their agents as stakeholders is doomed to fail.

At a high level, we’re already observing the negative effects of abstracting rights away from their creators and collecting them into large conglomerates. So the question that remains is one of beneficial governance — what would a joint cataloging effort look like?

Source: What Does the “B” Word Mean for Music?

US DoJ appeals fractional licensing copyright case

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has appealed against a decision made in September by a New York federal judge that performing rights organisation Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) may use “fractional licensing”.

Mike O’Neill, president and CEO of BMI, said that the organisation was not surprised by the decision to file an appeal. “It is unfortunate that the DOJ continues to fight for an interpretation of BMI’s consent decree that is at odds with hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers, the country’s two largest performing rights organisations, numerous publishers and members of the music community, members of Congress, a US governor, the US Copyright Office and, in Judge Stanton, a federal judge,” he said.

Source: US DoJ appeals fractional licensing copyright case

European Publishers ‘Shocked’ at EU E-book Lending Ruling

In a case that first originated in the Dutch library system, the Court of Justice of the European Union–the chief judicial authority of the EU–has ruled that lending of e-books and physical books should be treated the same. The action brought concerns about the ‘one copy, one user’ model, which blocks a library from lending out more than one copy of an e-book at a time.

The case hinged on the interpretation of a 10-year-old EU directive covering book lending, which states “that the exclusive right to authorize or prohibit such rentals and loans belongs to the author of the work.

Source: European Publishers ‘Shocked’ at EU E-book Lending Ruling

Legacy Film, Video Players “Open to Possibility” of Blockchain Tech, Says SingularDTV CEO |

SingularDTV CEO, Zach LeBeau, believes that achieving a decentralized and equitable global film and video ecosystem is likely to result from building more, not fewer, bridges among blockchain, digital currency and legacy players.

In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine, LeBeau confirmed that SingularDTV, which is building an entertainment industry ecosystem on the Ethereum blockchain, is having exploratory conversations with at least one legacy studio and with “one of the more prominent” production companies.

Source: Legacy Film, Video Players “Open to Possibility” of Blockchain Tech, Says SingularDTV CEO | Bitcoin Magazine