Antitrust Overhaul Passes Its First Tests. Now, the Hard Parts.

In a marathon session of debate and voting that ran into the early morning on Thursday, the Judiciary Committee advanced five of the six bills, a sign of the growing bipartisan agreement for taking on the tech companies. A handful of Republicans joined the widespread support among Democrats for the bills.

Source: Antitrust Overhaul Passes Its First Tests. Now, the Hard Parts.

American Music Fairness Act Aims to Set AM/FM Radio Recording Fees

Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) are set to unveil the legislation at a press conference tomorrow afternoon, the lawmakers announced in a joint release. Additionally, “artist advocates” including New Jersey-born singer Dionne Warwick and Miami-born Sam & Dave co-founder Sam Moore will appear at the event.

Source: American Music Fairness Act Aims to Set AM/FM Radio Recording Fees

Mandolin, a Livestream Success Story, Wants to Be a Mandatory App for In-Person Fans Now, Too

Mandolin isn’t abandoning the livestreaming on which the company made its name. But the goal of Live+ will be in part to provide in-person concert attendees with a plethora of digital choices before, during and after a show, from ticket sales to meet-and-greet or after-party add-ons to the show, to ordering food and merch online without waiting in line, to getting access at home to replays of shows that are filmed live.

Source: Mandolin, a Livestream Success Story, Wants to Be a Mandatory App for In-Person Fans Now, Too

Twitter To Let Creators Keep 97% Of Revenues From Super Follows, Ticketed Spaces 

Twitter has opened up applications for two recently-unveiled monetization tools: Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces. Super Follows enable creators to sell Patreon-like subscriptions with special perks, while Ticketed Spaces refer to the platform’s Clubhouse clone, Spaces, which enables creators to vend tickets to live audio events.

Source: Twitter To Let Creators Keep 97% Of Revenues From Super Follows, Ticketed Spaces — Until They Surpass $50,000 – Tubefilter

BMG inks licensing deal with gaming platform Roblox

BMG has signed what it describes as a “strategic agreement” with Roblox to “develop new opportunities for BMG artist and songwriter clients.” In other words, BMG has inked a licensing deal with the platform covering recorded music and publishing. According to a media release, the agreement “for future collaboration” follows “the resolution of prior claims” relating to the use of BMG-controlled songs and recording.

Source: BMG inks licensing deal with gaming platform Roblox

Why Are Digital Rights Platforms Not Disrupting the Indie Biz Like They Should?

Prior to the pandemic, platforms such as RightsTrade, Vuulr, Allrites, ProgramBuyer and Mena.TV sought to disrupt long-established ways of doing business in the distribution market — promising to dramatically cut the cost, time and complexity of buying and selling content. Adoption was gradual, to say the least — no platform had managed to significantly disrupt traditional ways of working.

Source: Why Are Digital Rights Platforms Not Disrupting the Indie Biz Like They Should?

The inevitable convergence of social media, commerce, and visual content

Commerce is converging to one all-encompassing moment of truth at one place and one time, with visual content at its core. Instagram displays an ad every 3 to 4 posts and uses retargeting profusely. Each ad contains multiple visuals introducing a product you have shown interest in and leading to a shop now button. That one image or video contains the whole customer journey.

Source: The inevitable convergence of social media, commerce, and visual content. – Kaptur

Fitness Apps Tap Indie Artists Amid Unprecedented Smart-Exercise Growth

As exercisers traded their gym memberships for at-home workout solutions during the pandemic, the fitness sector experienced unprecedented growth and far-reaching changes. Perhaps the most noteworthy of these changes, however, was the industry-wide embrace of music – and the associated career opportunities for creators.

Source: Fitness Apps Tap Indie Artists Amid Unprecedented Smart-Exercise Growth

Damon Dash insists he’s entitled to sell share of Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt as NFT, despite Roc-A-Fella lawsuit

He calls the Roc-A-Fella lawsuit “meritless” and seeks to clarify that he is not selling the entire album as an NFT, but rather a “one-third share which I own through my one-third ownership of Roc A Fella Records”. Dash argues that “there is nothing in our agreement between us that prohibits me or Jay Z from selling our share of Roc A Fella Records, Inc., the company which owns Reasonable Doubt“.

Source: Damon Dash insists he’s entitled to sell share of Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt as NFT – despite being sued by Roc-A-Fella Records

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