An academic statistical analysis from Finland raises interesting questions about user-centric royalty systems. via Ethical Pool: More for few or fewer for more – The Results of a Comparative Study on Pro Rata and User Centric Distribution Models from Finland — Music Tech Solutions
Members of the European Parliament need to get a grip on these active measures campaigns before Google goes beyond “lobbying” on an issue vote and moves on to meddling in campaign outcomes in a few months when the European Parliament stands for election.
In a post-Cambridge Analytica world, we all know it’s a short step from undermining opposition on a particular issue to undermining the election of a particular candidate. And Google is just as capable of meddling as any state actor if not more so.
I’m looking forward to linking up with my friend and veteran music publisher Richard Perna (Lone Wolf, Evergreen) to review the effect of the Music Modernization Act on publishing catalog valuations, payments and collections at the Entertainment Law Institute in Austin on November 8 & 9. The ELI is one of the best entertainment law […]
Chris Castle will be speaking on a panel covering the Music Modernization Act at the New York State Bar Association’s Music Business & Law Conference on November 16.
Mr. Allen in his own way had as much of an impact on music and the music business as any executive. He understood the ecosystem and did what he could to use technology generously in a host of ways, including for the benefit of creators.
When we criticize tech billionaires there’s a particular bite given the passion and support of Paul Allen.
Remember when we were all appalled that Pandora founder Tim Westergren was making $1,000,000 a month from selling Pandora stock while he was behind fighting songwriters in rate court for ASCAP and BMI royalties and stiffing artists with the Internet Radio Fairness Act and refusing to pay pre-72 artists? And then there was the 13 bathroom house in Marin. It was all a bit hard to stomach.
According to Jem Aswad in Variety, Daniel Ek is putting Westergren in the rear view mirror for sheer excess.
Subscription services are one of the few secular trends in the current economy that is not yet reactive to trade wars or interest rates. Subscription services are found in many areas of the economy, but music drives some of the big ones like Spotify, Amazon and Apple.
But when fans find out that their money gets paid for music they never listen to performed by artists they would never listen to, it may give cord cutting a whole new meaning. The ethical pool solution could give services a chance to get ahead of yet more negative fan reaction.