Textbook Authors Sue Cengage Over Subscription Service

Filed this week in the Southern District of New York by authors David Knox and Caroline Schact, the suit claims that in introducing its subscription service, Cengage “is systematically dismantling and frustrating the business of selling Plaintiffs’ work” in favor of selling subscriptions to Cengage’s digital products. The authors, the suit states, “expect their royalties to decline substantially” as a result of Cengage Unlimited.

Source: Textbook Authors Sue Cengage Over Subscription Service

Digital Tools Help Country Acts Create DIY Success

The costs for getting music into the hands of consumers is significantly reduced, and that lessens the control that the major labels have over the marketplace. They remain the big dogs, but the new model encourages acts to find their own artistic direction and develop their own audience before they sign a deal.

Source: Digital Tools Help Country Acts Create DIY Success: ‘We Don’t Need a Major Label Deal for That’

Music payments startup Exactuals debuts r.ai, a “Palantir for music royalties”

Exactuals, a software service offering payments management for the music industry, is debuting r.ai, a new tool that it’s dubbed the “Palantir for music”. It’s a service that can track songwriting information and rights across different platforms to ensure attribution for music distributors.

Source: Music payments startup Exactuals debuts r.ai, a “Palantir for music royalties”

Merlin Just Cashed 100% of Its Spotify Shares — And Is Giving 100% to Its Members

The independent label group is cashing all of its Spotify stock, and keeping nothing.  “Merlin is an organization that exists solely to maximize the value of our members’ rights and keeps only the monies that it needs to operate,” Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said.

Source: Merlin Just Cashed 100% of Its Spotify Shares — And Is Giving 100% to Its Members

Unbundling The Song: Inside The Next Wave Of Recorded Music’s Disruption

Napster and iTunes ungrouped albums into individual tracks for sale and exchange; streaming platforms like Spotify regrouped these tracks into the newly-ordered format of a playlist. The next natural step in this technological evolution is unbundling an individual song itself into isolated vocal and instrumental parts (“stems”) and bite-sized samples and loops (“sounds”).

Source: Unbundling The Song: Inside The Next Wave Of Recorded Music’s Disruption

As the Music Modernization Act Nears Passage, SoundExchange Releases the ‘Music Data Exchange (MDX)’

Developed in cooperation with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the free software facilitates the exchange of sound recording, publishing data, and ownership claims between record labels and music publishers.  Basically, MDX is all about bringing more efficiency and transparency to the process of connecting recording data to publishing data.

Source: As the Music Modernization Act Nears Passage, SoundExchange Releases the ‘Music Data Exchange (MDX)’

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