What the Paperchain team has been reading about rights, royalties, data, music tech & blockchain — August 04 2017

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Here’s How You Know Mic-Coalition “Shiv Act” Is About Screwing Songwriters Not Transparency

But here is where the bill is particular cruel. If a songwriter does not report information on a single cover, the way the bill is written, the songwriter then loses their rights for EVERY recording. I don’t think this is an accident. This actually creates a mechanism for depriving every songwriter of legal fees and statutory damages, on every song ever written. Just record a song and upload it to a streaming service. This is the ultimate poison pill for songwriters’ rights.
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War Erupts Over Whose Global Music Rights Database Is Better

Three weeks ago, Congress proposed a global, centralized music database to ensure that artists get paid on every streaming platform. And, every other platform — digital, physical, and analog — for that matter. It was an ambitious first step. But just one of several competing database initiatives. And the beginning of a pernicious intra-industry war. Within days, performance rights organizations (PROs) ASCAP and BMI announced that they had started work on a joint authoritative music database. Now, the RIAA and the NMPA have have shared news of their own music rights database initiative.
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Understanding Music and Blockchain Without the Hype : Revisited

Look, I don’t expect any of these blockchain issues to be worked out over night. In fact I’ve been saying that on panels and in articles and interviews for two years. Many of the people I highly respect who are working on these projects and pushing these ideas are 100% coming at this from the right place and for that reason I hope they succeed. The music industry is a enigma wrapped in another enigma wrapped inside a ball of rubber bands. This is going to take some time, so some slack needs to be given. But we are in a nascent stage where there are going to be a lot of ideas floated, and a lot of technology pitched, and frankly most of it will fail.
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“We fully agree with the need to improve the Copyright Board’s efficiency and transparency. We believe that this undertaking will benefit all of its stakeholders,” said SOCAN’s CEO, Eric Baptiste.

“Some of the government’s proposals seem interesting and will be examined in order to improve the system and allow the Copyright Board to reach its decisions in a more timely manner,” added Gilles Daigle, SOCAN’s General Counsel and Head of Legal Services.
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The 21st Century Marketing Restriction: No licensing for AI

Marketing restrictions also have a temporal element–during or after the term, recouped or not recouped. There are some restrictions that are acknowledged to be verboten and are usually easy and unrestricted concessions. An example of these would be licensing for certain types of commercials such as tobacco, firearms, grooming or hygiene products and alcohol.
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How data is transforming the music industry

Even as new information becomes available, old models still help us organize that information. Billboard Magazine now has a Social 50 chart which tracks the artists most actively mentioned on the world’s leading social media sites.
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“No justification” for labels to see Spinrilla source code, says Spinrilla

“The source code is the crown jewel of any software-based business, including Spinrilla. Even worse, plaintiffs want an ‘executable’ version of Spinrilla’s source code, which would literally enable them to replicate Spinrilla’s entire website. Any plaintiff could, in hours, delete all references to ‘Spinrilla’, add its own brand and launch Spinrilla’s exact website”.
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How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age

It’s been a weird 100 years for artists and creators, says musician and entrepreneur Jack Conte. The traditional ways we’ve turned art into money (like record sales) have been broken by the internet, leaving musicians, writers and artists wondering how to make a living. With Patreon, Conte has created a way for artists on the internet to get paid by their fans. Could payment platforms like this change what it means to be an artist in the digital age?
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