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.
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.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson has grown very familiar with being in front of microphones in his illustrious music career, but his Tuesday testimony before a Senate committee considering a remodel of the music copyright laws may be among his most important performances.
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.
Remember that old game telephone? You start with a phrase, whisper into the ear of the person next to you, and as it gets passed down the line of people the phrase gets twisted and changed? Well, Stemchain, the newest project from 8Stem founder Bruce Pavitt, uses a similar concept, but it’s all about song.
Streaming [may] be the future for distributing music, but radio is still a big player in making hits. While so much about how music radio works seems dated, the fact is that people still listen, and advertisers still support it. Surprisingly, that’s not so much the case with online radio, and it all revolves around the data.
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.
Norwegian songwriters, composers and music publishers on Monday said they had lodged a complaint against Jay Z’s music platform Tidal after a media report said its streaming statistics had been manipulated. The financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) claimed last week that the streaming numbers
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”).
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.