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Is It Possible for Songwriter Metadata to Be Delivered to Retailers?

March 16, 2016

Music Tech Solutions

Metadata delivery is a hot topic at SXSW this year.  On a panel about data featuring representatives from two large digital aggregators, a question from the audience raised a salient issue:  If retailers are being sued because they are not licensing songs properly, is it even possible for labels or aggregators to deliver song share information to retailers directly?

If aggregators were able to collect the split data on songs, particularly the long tail, at the time the tracks were “ingested” into the aggregators systems, would that do any good if the retailers aren’t set up to take delivery.

One aggregator said that they didn’t collect publisher information “because publishers change all the time.”  That’s really not entirely true.  Another said that they don’t require the information, and that they don’t collect splits.  That suggests that the information is being collected for credits purposes.

In a separate conversation with a…

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  1. March 16, 2016 at 15:27

    Thank you, Chris, for your fierce representation of the music community on the front lines. I’m a songwriter, and I follow your writing religiously. You and David Lowery are two of the best things we have going for us.
    Just wanted you to know, you’re appreciated.

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