Category Music

Could Lawsuit Settlements Be the Best Way to Solve Rights Data Problems?

Copyright owners have long been at odds with tech companies and service providers over copyright-related issues. We’ve seen various different attempts to solve these problems across industries since the start of the “copyright wars” in the late 1990s, enough to have some idea of what works and what doesn’t. In rough terms, there are four types […]

New Proposed Legislation Sets Up Showdown Over Online U.S. Music Rights Database

An effort is brewing in Washington to get an authoritative online database of music rights information built for the United States. It started last week as a bill called the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act. (It has neither a catchy acronym nor even a bill number at this time of writing, so we’ll just call […]

Proposed Settlement in Spotify Lawsuit Points the Way Towards Solving Music Industry Data Problems

One of the biggest unsolved problems in the music business today is the lack of authoritative mapping between music recordings and the compositions they embody. When music people talk about the industry’s “database problem,” this is a big part of it. In the past, the industry has managed to work around it in various ad […]

Spotify Acquires Blockchain Startup Mediachain

Spotify announced yesterday that it has acquired the blockchain startup Mediachain Labs for an undisclosed sum. For those watching the music/blockchain space, this is big news indeed. Here’s a passage from the whitepaper I recently published on blockchain technology for music: DSPs [digital music service providers] have become the “big boys” of the music industry, […]

In Music, DRM Is Back While Ownership Is Going Away

The RIAA’s annual revenue figures for recorded music are a goldmine of information about the state, health, and direction of the music industry. The 2016 figures that the RIAA published at the end of March generated a few common headlines in the trade and business press: Recorded music revenue in the United States is finally […]

New White Paper: Watermarking Technology and Blockchains in the Music Industry

A new white paper that that explores the combination of blockchain technology and digital audio watermarks for improving rights management and royalty processing in the music industry.

The Myth of DRM-Free Music, Revisited

The most widely-read article on this blog these days one that I wrote two years ago called The Myth of DRM-Free Music.  So I thought I’d follow up on it. I wrote that piece as a reaction to the popular story — which was coursing around the book publishing industry at the time — that Apple […]