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Newsletter Editorial #132 - Fake Artists: Back Door Music Curation Or Just Fake ‘Fake News’?

13 Jul 2017

Accusations and commentary about alleged 'fake' artists on Spotify playlists have intensified recently, with MusicTank itself commenting on this in both The Times, and on Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs PM programme,

Newsletter Editorial #131- Ticketing: Reforming A Broken Market

22 Mar 2017

The ticketing debate has rolled on for 10+ years now, with MusicTank among the first organisations to publicly and consistently platform debates on this as far back as 2008, since which, the mantra of “willing buyers; willing sellers” has been used to justify a practice at times inseparable from outright extortion. Regulation, consistency in the marketplace and transparency are vital components in a sector in desperate need of reform.

Digital Economy Bill Update

09 Nov 2016

November 1st saw Nigel Adams MP present his amendment to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee for the Digital Economy Bill - aiming to outlaw the misuse of bot technology by ticket touts to purchase excessive numbers of tickets and to knowingly resell them on the secondary market. On the basis of a “clear commitment to making progress in this area”, the amendment was withdrawn.

Editorial: Are Streaming Services Labels-In-Waiting?

12 Oct 2016

Much has been written over the course of this year about exclusive releases on streaming platforms, with Frank Ocean’s Blond the latest of a number of high profile, profitable exclusives, with Beyoncé, Kanye West and Rihanna, among some of the industry’s biggest-selling artists carving exclusive deals on services such as Tidal and Apple Music...

Jane Dyball: Monetisation, Policy Challenges and the Future of Live

30 Aug 2016

We need to close the value gap and for negotiations to start from a level playing field. Only then can we have competitive licensing in a truly free market. And only then will the true value of music rights be fully realised...

Is Pop Music The New Feminism?

15 Aug 2016

...an intriguing question for today’s society at a time where success, underrepresentation and gender imbalance are being widely discussed both within the music industry and in the media more generally.

Tidal Forecasts Strong Revenue Increase In 2016

16 Jun 2016

The struggle has been seismic for Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming platform since its launch in 2015. Recent figures however, suggest that it could be turning the corner in terms of its rising number of monthly subscribers...

Newsletter Editorial #123 - Truth & Reconciliation: Recalibrating Creators' Share From Digital

16 Dec 2015

The legal instruments created in good faith to protect creators’ digital rights have comprehensively failed to evolve during the rapid development of digital and online distribution. Depressingly, to re-visit and amend WIPO Treaties is a herculean task...

Newsletter Editorial #122 - The Digital Rights Divide: Making Available & Equitable Remuneration

21 Oct 2015

The inexorable rise in the growth of streaming services isn't good news for the majority of artists and performers, who currently reap significantly lower royalty payments from an increasing number of licensed streams compared to royalties they derive elsewhere, such as from broadcasts and sales of recordings.

Paul Pacifico: Is Compulsory Licensing The New Next Big Thing (Again?)

18 Sep 2015

Compulsory Licensing (‘CL’) is an option that has historically been seen as anti-competitive and as closing down a free market in favour of some sort of socialist protectionism for artists. In actual fact, it may just be the platform the digital market needs to open up competition and foster the innovation in services and business models so desperately needed.

Newsletter Editorial #121 - Mind The Gap: Digital Service Licensing, Innovation & IP

18 Sep 2015

2015 is turning out to be a transformational year for the music industry with a near endless supply of headline news around all things ‘digital’…The speed of development of innovative new models in the digital marketplace highlights huge gaps in legislative solutions for the application of IP rights and the urgent need for bold imaginative reform...

Newsletter Editorial #120 - Transparency: Digital Problems In An Analogue World

17 Jul 2015

We know that the transparency technology brings in the digital space allows for grass roots movements to coalesce & drive change like never before. Change is both possible & necessary on many fronts. Today, that front is the inequitable status of commercial radio in the USA and the fight to ensure #fairplayfairpay for all artists, everywhere.

EU Private Copying: Situation Report - Finland

23 Jun 2015

Unlike Germany, Finland has abandoned the levy system in favour of a government remuneration scheme - a system similar to that of Spain. Many have praised Finland’s move as it is encouraging other EU member states away from what is increasingly perceived as an anachronistic levy on devices and blank media.

Newsletter Editorial #119: From Music To 3D Printing: The Right To Copy Conundrum

10 Jun 2015

The idea of a blank media levy is not at all new - the debate has been around since cassette tapes enabled affordable, large-scale private copying, yet with the advent of 3D printing, the concept of making copies of an ‘original’ item is about to enter a whole new dimension.

EU Private Copying: Situation Report - Germany

09 Jun 2015

MusicTank continues its analysis of private copy compensation systems within the EU. Representing the largest recorded music industry in Europe, Germany has been highly influential in laying the foundations for private copy exception, and as such, takes a polar opposite view to Spain and the UK when it comes to compensating rights holders for private copying.

Newsletter Editorial #118: The Digital Pie - Something's Gotta Give...

21 May 2015

In the race to legitimacy, those crafting the raw material on which licensed digital services depend - the song - face transparency complexities of Gordian Knot proportions, and which show few signs of abating...

Robert Ashcroft's 2015 PRS AGM Speech

20 May 2015

At the 2015 PRS AGM on Tuesday Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music's Chief Executive delivered a speech where he drew attention to the hurdles faced by songwriters and publishers that preclude them from getting "fair value" for their work...

EU Private Copying: Situation Report - Spain

30 Apr 2015

Ahead of a forthcoming MusicTank debate on the topic of who pays for the right to copy, beginning with a look at Spain, Arya Rinaldo kick-starts an analysis of the European Copyright Directive regarding the different approaches individual EU member states bring to the issue of rightsholder compensation for private copying...

Paul Pacifico: Reaching For The Stars – Do We Really Think Music Is Worth It?

28 Apr 2015

As a society, we seem to acknowledge that music is a good thing for kids to do and that it is culturally and commercially important with the UK Music sector punching well above its weight globally and generating big numbers for UK plc, but we don’t really believe it. Not deep down. Not enough to invest and get behind it like we do sport or science...

Newsletter Editorial #117: Who Pays For The Right To Copy?

15 Apr 2015

Earlier this month, MusicTank published the second whitepaper under its Future Thinking strand of activity - Private Copying Of Music: A New Model For Artist Compensation. This paper probes the issue of rightsholder compensation with regards to private copying...

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