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MMF report identifies ‘need to explore new commercial models between managers and their clients’

The report identifies five key ‘barriers’ for music managers and their clients, including access to Finance; Support for Mental Health; Diversification of Skills; Transparency on Income Streams and Revenue and New Commerical Models. One of the the report’s recommendations is the need for an exploration of ‘new commercial models between managers and their clients, as well as those with key industry partners’.

Source: MMF report identifies ‘need to explore new commercial models between managers and their clients’

Silicon Valley’s Congresswomen Want a New Tech Regulator

Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren, California Democrats representing the region home to Facebook and Google, have been tech-industry allies. Their 132-page bill would give Americans new rights to control how online services use their personal information and create a U.S. Digital Privacy Agency to write and enforce privacy rules.

Source: Silicon Valley’s Congresswomen Want a New Tech Regulator

PRS for Music launches a data dashboard for songwriters

PRS for Music is the latest company to join the analytics bonanza with the launch yesterday (5 November) of a bespoke royalty dashboard for writers, their managers and publishers. It is available to all PRS members through their online account profile, and covers streams, downloads, broadcast, live and business usage of their works.

Source: PRS for Music launches a data dashboard for songwriters – Music Ally

Piracy Crackdown May Be Next Front in Streaming Wars

For much of this century, the content industry’s antipiracy focus has been on file-sharing. First it was Napster and its progeny, then ISPs willfully blinding themselves to copyright infringement. Now, streaming hubs are growing while fears of illegal downloads fade. This evolution is sparking a shift in thinking.

Source: Piracy Crackdown May Be Next Front in Streaming Wars

Rick Rubin on Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit: “A Feeling Is Not Something You Can Copyright”

Pharrell says the saga “hurt my feelings, because I would never take anything from anyone. It really set me back.” He admits there was a shared “feeling” between his track and Gaye’s, but that’s as far as it went. To that Rubin adds, “A feeling is not something you can copyright.”

Source: Rick Rubin on Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit: “A Feeling Is Not Something You Can Copyright”

How Esquire is trying a ‘micro-membership’ model around Charles Pierce 

Since launching the micro-membership model in November 2018, the site has garnered over 10,000 subscribers, and Sebastian expects that the election year will drive up that number even higher. Additionally, in October, Pierce’s content was up 60% in views year over year.

Source: How Esquire is trying a ‘micro-membership’ model around Charles Pierce – Digiday

Touring Artists Are Sitting on a Goldmine of Live Recordings — Veva Live Is Doing Something About It

VEVA Live focuses on real-time turnaround. All of the hi-res audio and metadata captured from the night is immediately accessible via VEVA’s platform, Asset Connect. Working directly with the FOH engineer, VEVA is able to connect the entire artist team — ranging from management, their label, marketing, and social media teams — to quickly access the material and decide how to exploit it.

Source: Touring Artists Are Sitting on a Goldmine of Live Recordings — Veva Live Is Doing Something About It

MPA Wants Pirated Content Removed Proactively, Just Like Hate Speech 

Major Internet platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are taking proactive measures to keep offensive content off their services. According to the Motion Picture Association, online services can use similar systems to proactively remove pirated content too. That would be even easier since it doesn’t raise the same speech concerns, the group’s senior vice president notes.

Source: MPA Wants Pirated Content Removed Proactively, Just Like Hate Speech – TorrentFreak

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