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Is Michael Beckerman Wearing Your Safe Harbor?

Music Technology Policy

As MTP readers will recall, I prefer to think of Big Tech’s various safe harbors like the CDA, DMCA and now the MMA as an income transfer.  It’s not that the money isn’t getting made, it’s just not getting made by the people who created the value.

For example, when Google profits from selling ads against infringing videos, that money doesn’t disappear, it just doesn’t go to the artist.  So where does it go?

Well…according to a recent article in Modern Luxury “Men of Style,” it appears to go into Michael Beckerman’s shoes.  Michael Beckerman is the CEO of the Internet Association, Google’s main lobbying shillery in DC.

Michael Beckerman

That’s right–$4,950 shoes.  But no socks.  Now that’s what I call an income transfer.  Looks like DMCA safe harbor on his feet, CDA for his watch–what will he buy himself as a reward for the MMA reachback?  Maybe a little poker in…

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My Statement On TuneRegistry

I have received several messages regarding poor customer support and unresolved technical issues from TuneRegistry users who’ve signed up as a result of my evangelism over the platform that I co-founded to empower indie rights-holders, especially DIY musicians, with a tool to be their own publisher.

I am making this brief statement because I feel it is necessary.

I founded TuneRegistry in 2015 and the 1.0 platform launched March 2017 at SXSW. It was acquired by HAAWK in November 2017. The original co-founders, including myself, were hired into HAAWK as employees (we also brought over some of our dev contractors) as part of the deal. Long story short, things did not work out and all of us departed Haawk the first week of March 2018.

Over the last nearly 3 months, TuneRegistry has had no maintenance nor sufficient customer support and it breaks my heart because my co-founders and I sacrificed years of our time, energy, effort and our own money (we completely bootstrapped it) to bring TuneRegistry to market.

The good news is, I am in the process of acquiring TuneRegistry back from Haawk and running it independently once again.

We have many industry partners and initiatives lined up to make TuneRegistry bigger and better. The deal should be closed in the coming weeks and I will have TuneRegistry under my control once again.

TuneRegistry will continue to enable artists to be their own publisher in the United States, enable artists to collect 100% of their US publishing royalties and retain 100% of their copyrights until such time as you choose to share your legacy with a worthy publisher.

— Dae Bogan
Co-founder, TuneRegistry

P.S. Learn about being your own publisher. Download my free ebook “The DIY Musician’s Starter Guide To Being Your Own Label & Publisher” at http://www.daeboganmusic.com

Congress Is Giving Musicians First Chance of Fair Pay in Decades


“‘The MMA gives a digital service like Spotify or Amazon a more convenient way of licensing songs,’ Dae Bogan, founder of music management platform TuneRegistry and a longtime music rights advocate and executive, explains. ‘And it opens a potential windfall of income to legacy artists who were left out of the digital boom.’ But Bogan adds that the legislation doesn’t come close to fixing all, or even most, of the problems in music royalties for labels, publishers and musicians; the simplified processes just make it more likely they’ll get the money they’re due.” via RollingStone

Read the full piece here: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/congress-is-giving-musicians-first-chance-of-fair-pay-in-decades-w520301

SCMIP May 2018 Music Industry Mixer [ASCAP Expo Edition]

We’re back with an amazing free music industry mixer. SoCal Music Industry Professionals (SCMIP) May 2018 Music Industry Mixer will take place next week during ASCAP Expo Week. Join music industry professionals for a night of drinks and mingling at Harlowe in West Hollywood.

I am the organizer of SCMIP. For the last 2+years, I’ve been hosting these networking mixers at different bars every few months to help music industry professionals in SoCal network (recording artists, songwriters, musicians, music producers & engineers, record company and music publishing reps, touring agents and venue bookers, artist managers and lawyers, etc.).

All are welcome. Join us on Facebook and/or Meetup.

RSVP: https://scmipmay2018.eventbrite.com

Free Report: Lyrics Take Centre Stage In Streaming Music

Music Industry Blog

We are pleased to announce the publication of a brand new, totally free, Streaming Music report written on behalf of LyricFind. In this report, we present the findings of an exclusive consumer survey fielded in November 2017 to consumers in the US, UK and Germany, deep diving into streaming behaviours and the growing role that lyrics is taking. The report download link can be found at the bottom of this post.

The report includes data on:

  • Overall music consumption and streaming behaviours
  • Weekly Active User (WAU) penetration of all key streaming music apps
  • Tenure splits of streaming users by streaming service
  • Consumer attitudes towards lyrics
  • Lyric users by tenure length of individual streaming services
  • The relationship between lyrics users and streaming loyalty
  • Key drivers for using lyrics, with gender splits

Here is an overview of some of the findings.
INFOGRAPHIC V 1.1

Streaming music has put the audience in control, letting music fans…

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Google To Enable DIY Musicians To Capture Their Mechanical Royalties

Google

Two months ago I published an investigative report on Google’s mechanical licensing practices that left DIY music creators without mechanical royalties from Google Play Music and YouTube.

Today, I’m happy to say that after weeks of discussions, Google has come onboard to Royalty Claim to make it possible for DIY music creators to get DIRECT LICENSING DEALS with Google Play Music and YouTube.

Read more in Royalty Claim’s Facebook post.

The (Not Quite) Definitive Guide To The Exploitation Of Music Royalties

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about music royalties; those pesky micro-pennies that add up to something worth fighting over after millions and billions of streams.

With the music industry seeing revenue growth powered by streaming, coupled with shrinking per-stream royalty rates caused by a combination of horrible statutory royalties, unsustainable subscription models, and more content than ever before splitting up the pie, music royalties have never been more scrutinized in modern music history, IMO.

In the United States alone, there are several legislative measures being proposed that directly address music royalties — Fair Play Fair Pay Act (artist royalties), Songwriter Equity Act (songwriter royalties), AMP Act (music producer royalties), CLASSICS Act (legacy artist royalties) — with powerful proponents (music rights organizations, music creators’ rights advocacy groups, and music industry trade associations) and even more power opponents (digital media and Internet company coalitions, broadcaster lobbying organizations, and in some cases, DSPs themselves) on both sides.

Nevertheless, this is an interesting time for music royalties.

Technologists and music licensing experts have come together to create a variety of offerings to music creators and rightsholders to help them exploit their music royalties. Whether you want to find unpaid royalties, get a loan against future royalties, sell your royalties or allow music fans to invest in your music royalties, there’s a platform for that.

Here’s a (not quite) definitive guide of music royalties tools and services (A-Z):

FIND & CLAIM UNPAID MUSIC ROYALTIES

  • Paperchain (Revenue Share) – Enriching the music supply chain. Paperchain solves the problem of unpaid royalties in the music industry. Paperchain empowers music copyright owners with products and services to solve the problem of unpaid royalties.
  • Royalty Claim (Free/Subscription) – Search, Find, and Claim Millions of Unclaimed Royalties and Music Licenses. The Royalty Claim Platform is powered by data made available through the ongoing research of the Royalty Claim Initiative, its researchers and data scientists, and valued music industry partners.

GET ADVANCES & LOANS AGAINST FUTURE MUSIC ROYALTIES

  • Sound Royalties (Flexible Repayments Terms) – Next-generation royalty financing. Retain your music rights. Keep your royalties.
  • Lyric Financial (Flexible Repayment Terms) – Advances, Loans, and Financial Solutions for the Music Industry
  • Royalty Advance Funding (Interest Loan) – Royalty Advance Funding has funded hundreds of established music royalty earners including songwriters, composers, publishers, producers, and their successors.

SELL, BUY OR INVEST IN MUSIC ROYALTIES

  • Royalty Exchange (Ownership & Dividends) – Your online marketplace for buying and selling royalties.
  • SongVest (Dividends) – The Stock Market of Music. For the first time ever, both investors and fans can own and get paid by the music that they love.
  • Perdiem (Dividends) – Investment platform for creatives. Start your own record label and build your brand in music.

 

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