Category Music

Sacem’s Partnership with IBM

IBM announced a deal with the French music rights collecting society Sacem last week to co-develop a new system called URights.  The system is expected to launch by the end of this year, and the partnership will span ten years.  The system will run on IBM’s cloud computing infrastructure and use IBM’s implementation of the […]

2017 Conference

I’m pleased to welcome the law firm of Davis Wright & Tremaine (DWT) as a Gold Sponsor for the Copyright and Technology 2017 conference.  DWT partner Lance Koonce is one of the leaders of the firm’s Blockchain Initiative and has been especially active in blockchain applications for media and the arts.  (In fact, I first met […]

Facebook Faces Copyright Issues Amid Video Explosion

It’s fairly well established by now — thanks to court decisions like Viacom v. YouTube and UMG v. Veoh — that online service operators have no legal duty to proactively police their services for potential copyright infringement.  But that doesn’t mean that some services don’t do it anyway.  The biggest example is Google’s Content ID system for YouTube, […]

Core Rights and SOCAN Building Blockchain-Based System for Venue Music Licensing

Amid all the talk, hype, and activity around blockchain solutions for music, questions arise about whether large existing entities in the digital music value chain will adopt the technology, and if so, how.  These fall roughly into four buckets: record labels, music publishers, royalty collecting societies, and DSPs (consumer music distributors such as Apple, Spotify, and Pandora). One […]

Guest Post: Blockchains Won’t Change the Music Industry. Only Artists Can.

It seems that every day there is a new article or new platform claiming the blockchain will revolutionize the music industry.  There are at least 20 companies developing ways to write write music metadata into the blockchain.  The Open Music Initiative has brought together over 120 companies trying to find new solutions to the current […]

A World Without DMCA 1201

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last Thursday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government (the Attorney General, Library of Congress, and Copyright Office), in an attempt to have Section 1201 of the Copyright Act found unconstitutional.  Section 1201 is the provision that makes it a violation of copyright law to circumvent (hack) DRMs and other “technical protection measures.” The nominal […]

Music Rights Reporting, DDEX, and Blockchains

Last time, I discussed the need to automate and standardize rights and royalty transaction processing in today’s music market.  At the heart of that market is streaming plays on on-demand services.  As the latest RIAA revenue figures have shown, on-demand streaming is now the second-largest source of recorded music industry revenue and should overtake downloads […]