The Lumen Database, a project designed to facilitate research on takedown notices, has made a significant change to the way it offers data. While it will still be possible for researchers to access data with a special login, regular users will have to apply via email to see the details of a notice in full. The changes have been made in preparation for an expansion of its operations.
Apple has internally modelled how a user-centric system of music-royalty payouts would work, in an effort to understand its potential impact on artists and labels, according to Crispin Hunt, chair of songwriting body The Ivors Academy. “They said ‘Be careful: we’ve modelled how this comes out’,” said Hunt, in a panel session about user-centric payouts at The Great Escape conference in Brighton.
The window is open for authors and heirs to recapture ownership of their copyrights. Terminations create a lot of new movement for copyrights in the marketplace and music rights’ owners need to be just as knowledgeable as authors and heirs in order to stay competitive.
Video-sharing app TikTok, which consumers use to post their own takes on viral dance challenges and memes, helped propel Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it has remained for five weeks in a row. But just as the music industry is embracing the service as a valuable promotional vehicle, some of its most important licensing deals are expiring.
Google’s subscription music services are struggling to grow, almost a year into a revamp of its flagship YouTube Music, according to people with knowledge of its user numbers. Subscriptions across Google’s paid music offerings have been essentially flat over the four most recent months of available data, these people said.
For collaborating songwriters, artists and producers, splitting up contributions to a song can be tedious and downright confusing — often leading to thorny disputes. A new app called SPLITS aims to eliminate those hassles from the get-go, helping creators get paid in the process.
A recently concluded legal action between Indian record label Tips Industries Limited and Indian music streaming service Wynk shows how the Warner-vs-Spotify struggle could possibly turn out. Ruling in favor of the record label, Mumbai High Court judge S.J. Kathawalla — the same judge overseeing the Warner/Spotify case — said Wynk was not entitled to claim a statutory broadcast license for the use of Tips’ catalog.
Canada-based rights organisations RE:SOUND and SOCAN have launched a joint venture called Entandem, which brings the music licensing now managed separately by each organization into a single, jointly-operated business. With Entandem, retailers, restaurants, nightclubs, fitness clubs and myriad other organizations that use music will be able to complete their legally- required licenses in a single transaction.
The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, which was introduced this month and is Intended to make it easier and cheaper for rights holders to enforce their copyrights, is getting backing from publishing’s trade and advocacy organizations.
Blockchain gaming, like most blockchain solutions, needs to be examined on its merits and picked apart on its flaws before it can be decided if it is the future of the space. The growth of the blockchain gaming market also needs to be weighed on its potential to integrate, as well as overcome traditional hurdles.