A Single Source

The Failure Of The Global Repertoire Database
Trying to source copyrights and royalties is like trying to trace your ancestry without the help of DNA and a geneologist. It’s doable, but get ready for a hassle and a half. 

Tracing rights and royalties can be a time consuming and expensive task. Largely due to the fact that there is no centralized database for such information. There have been quite a few attempts to create one by PROs (performing rights organizations) and other rights agencies, but all have failed. The most successful attempt was the GRD WG (Global Database Repetoire Working Group)  back in 2008. All was going swimmingly up until this past year in 2014. The project could move forward no longer once certain PROs, namely ASCAP (American Society Of Composers Authors and Publishers), pulled out. It seems no one could agree on who would run the whole shin dig. A lot of agencies were also concerned about losing business if clients could just source and license from the database directly. They would then become obsolete.  

I don’t see why they can’t just make the database like a world wide directory or library of some sort… The article I have linked at the top of this post is a good read. It goes into more detail. 

Any questions, concerns, ideas? Comment at the bottom, and remember, keep it sounding right. 

The Monopolistic Norm

News Review: Who will survive the music streaming wars? Apple Music, SoundCloud, Vevo: what were the industry’s biggest trends this summer? Find out now!
So we’ve all seen in some form or capacity the big hullabaloo about the media streaming world. Particularly for music it’s been Spotify this, Apple Music that, Tidal barely there, Soundcloud’s up and coming, etc.. Who will be the next big thing? Who will get it right? Who will dominate the market and steal the competition’s listeners? 

I don’t know guys. Is it just me or is something a little off here?

All that the article I’ve pasted above and many others like it tell me is how accepting and expectant we as a society have become of our economy’s oligopolistic, and potentially  monopolistic state. I mean, we all know our ideal of a true competitive market doesn’t and hasn’t really existed for a while now as far as major markets go, but now it seems like we don’t even care anymore. In fact, we’re pushing for it. It seems as if we’ve come to a point where we demand a champion of the market. We as the consumer and market analyst expect an undefeated ruler to reign over all the rest. “Who will survive the music streaming wars…” as stated in the title of the article pasted above. 

What happened to, “Oh ok, streaming’s the new big thing and here are our players amongst which consumers can take their pick…” Instead of, “Apple Music seems to be having little impact on existing, rival streaming services.“(Quoted from the article I have pasted above.) Notice the excessive focus on impact of RIVAL competitors and market domination. I feel like I’m reading about a joust or boxing match to the death! It seems that we’re obsessed with the senseless, unforgiving slaughter and complete obliteration of competition.

Hear ye, hear ye! Streaming market gladiators fight to the death in the music industry coliseum! Only one will live and be crowned victor across the lands! (I’m crossing some period lines here, but you get the picture)

Weren’t we taught in school that healthy competition is good for the economy and monopolies are bad? I feel like I’m asking, “Didn’t your mama teach you any manners?” Apparently we’re getting all swept up in the hype and threw “manners” clear out the window!

I think it’s high time we check ourselves people, and keep it sounding right… 

P.S. I have to say, I do love the image Pierre Ziemniak, the author, used for his article. Major brownie points.  May the force be with you…

Sleeping Through a Revolution

Sleeping Through a RevolutionBy Johnathan Taplin

I strongly suggest watching this lecture by film producer, writer, scholar, etc. Jonathan Taplin. 

Taplin brings up a lot of excellent points to think on and discuss with one another. Points like the state of the Internet, its ethics (if there are any), net neutrality, the internet’s effects on business and market structure, the “creative class”, our humanity and the loss of it; among other things. 

Till next time, keep those cogs ever rolling and have them sounding right…

Playola, Payola… It’s All the Same to Me

How ‘Playola’ is Infiltrating Streaming Services: Pay for Play is Definitely Happening -Billboard Magazine

Payola is the acceptance of payment from a label to a radio DJ as incentive to air the label’s latest artist. This practice of taking such bribes is illegal and for good reason I may add. 

The major labels now pay streaming services to place them on the streaming services’ most popular playlists. 

Sounds pretty similar doesn’t it? My point exactly. However you look at it, or what ever you call it, paying to be played is illegal. 

Seems like Spotify will attempt to rectify the situation by implementing a policy that would strictly prohibit such practices. Penalties would include deletion of playlist that accepted payment, a ban on the label or account user, etc. 

Till next time, keep it sounding right. 

The Streaming Struggle

Spotify Considering Major Restrictions on Free Tier
Spotify is the streaming equivalent of the early 2000’s Napster debacle. 

Yet again the music industry has no idea what it’s doing and is stupidly stumbling all over itself.  It’s like Napster was the toddler years and now we’re in the awkward and rebellious teen stage with streaming. Good news is they’ll grow out of it, right?

Spotify is finally catching on and realizing that free, or close to free doesn’t work. It’s called stealing and slave labor. Own up and pay up. Support the artists that complete your life and make you happy. It’s not cheap making music and it takes a whole lot of dedication, a whole lot of love, and a whole lot of courage. There are folks out there that invest nothing, doing mindless work that get a larger income than most musicians. 

Here’s hoping to the future.

And remember, keep it sounding right!