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Please Vote for SXSW Panel Picker “Getting to Beta Without Getting Beat Up”

August 8, 2017 Comments off

We have proposed a panel for SXSW in the Panel Picker with some great speakers I’ll be moderating.  “Getting to Beta Without Getting Beat Up” will emphasize the importance of licensing strategy milestones that overlay a music-tech startup’s product development strategy milestones.

A well-executed licensing strategy is every bit as much a part of the supply chain logistics as any other element of product development, if not more important.

A buggy product can usually be fixed.  Failure to execute a bespoke licensing strategy can subject the entire company to crippling and endless copyright infringement lawsuits.  In fact, if you are unlicensed or insufficiently licensed, one thing is a pretty sure bet:  The more successful you are, the more likely it is you’ll be sued–a proposition ripped from the headlines.

That scenario can waste the stockholders’ money, be defocusing in the extreme for management and severely damage relationships with the creative community–the life blood of any music startup.

On the other hand, “over clearing” while less costly than litigation still syphons off resources that for the most part lie fallow.

Our panel are all experienced hands in the licensing and metadata world and are themselves entrepreneurs:

  • Keith Bernstein, Founder, Crunch Digital
  • Rahul Rumalla, Chief Technology Officer & Head of Product, Paperchain
  • Alan Graham, Co-Founder, Technical Architect, OCL 

Please consider voting for our panel in the SXSW Panel Picker at this link, we’d really appreciate your support!

 

 

The MTP Podcast: Keith Bernstein of CrunchDigital.com talks with Chris Castle on Royalty Audits

March 25, 2014 Comments off

My interview with Keith Bernstein, the preeminent auditor of digital music services.  A “royalty auditor” visits digital music services on behalf of artists and copyright owners to make sure they are paying royalties in accordance with the services’ contracts.  Keith has conducted these “royalty compliance examinations” (or “audits”) against every major digital music service, frequently multiple times.  As he was one of the first to focus on digital services as our future income back in 2000, he’s a leader in his field.

Keith’s companies are Royalty Review Council for audits and accounting, and Crunch Digital for assisting entrepreneurs with servicing licenses and the Crunch Digital Agency to assist entrepreneurs in obtaining licenses from rights holders for the use of music in their products.

Theme music by Guy Forsyth, “Where’d You Get the Music?”

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