Day: 8 février 2019

Music’s Article 13 meltdown: read the two industry-body letters in full

Two open letters published this week have laid bare new divisions within the music industry over the proposed new European copyright directive – and its Article 13 section dealing with user-uploaded content platforms like YouTube.
Yesterday, a letter whose signatories included the IFPI and Impala (representing labels) and ICMP (representing publishers) called for the directive to be scrapped. Today, a second letter signed by BASCA (representing songwriters); the FAC and MU (musicians); MMF (managers); and MPG (producers) criticised the first letter in the strongest of terms.
We’ve reported on the fallout here, but in the interests of fairness, the text of both letters is reproduced in full below.
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UK music-maker bodies slam labels and publishers over Article 13

Yesterday, music-industry bodies the IFPI, Impala and ICMP published a letter calling for the European copyright directive to be scrapped.
Now a group of bodies representing musicians, songwriters, managers and producers have criticised the intervention, and the gloves are truly off.
“It is hugely disappointing to see the music labels and publishers disregard the interests of their creators and artists in this way. They are trying to overturn years of collaborative work at the 11th hour by killing the Copyright Directive,” said the letter, signed by the UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) which includes BASCA, FAC, MMF, MPG and the MU.
“Like YouTube, they have lobbied negotiators hard without consulting or informing the creative community. Heavy-handed tactics of heavyweight businesses.”
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Marshmello Fortnite gig sent his YouTube views soaring

More than 10 million people watched Marshmello’s first concert in video-game Fortnite last weekend. Now Nielsen has put out some figures showing how the event caused a big spike in his on-demand video (i.e. YouTube) streams. Billboard reports that his track ‘Check This Out’ saw a nearly 24,000% increase in views on the day of the concert, […]
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Abbey Road Red seeks more diversity in startup founders

Abbey Road Studios wants to recruit more teams with women founders to its Abbey Road Red startup accelerator, according to the studios’ MD Isabel Garvey.
“We are acutely aware that we have no female founders, and very few women in our founder teams, and we are trying to be a little more diverse,” said Garvey, in her introduction at Abbey Road’s latest startup-demo event.
“If you know talented women running [music/tech] businesses, or looking to run businesses, send them our way.”
Abbey Road Red’s newest recruit, AI-music startup LifeScore, does have a female co-founder, COO, Chris Walch. In his presentation at the event last night, CEO Philip Sheppard also pointed out that three quarters of his company’s advisory board are women.
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Spotify to crack down on listeners using ad-blocking tools

Spotify’s latest update to its terms and conditions of use was published yesterday (7 February), and one of the new clauses is picking up some interest from tech-news sites. New to the list of forbidden activities for Spotify users: “circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating or distributing tools designed to block advertisements in […]
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Siri co-founder Tom Gruber talks about his new AI-music startup LifeScore

“I think we’re looking at a new way of doing music, which is a collaboration between human expertise, human taste, and human raw talent in creating music and recording it, with the machine’s ability to combine those things and generate music all day long. And make it sound like a human made it.”
“Just imagine for a second… what you’re going to have is music that was created bespoke for you, on demand, as much as you wanted, and it sounded just as good as if a human created it. Because a human had a large amount to do with how it was created.”
Music Ally has heard plenty of ambitious pitches from AI-music startups, but this one carries some weight thanks to the pitcher: Tom Gruber. He was the co-founder of Siri, the startup that Apple acquired in 2010 to use its team and technology to launch its voice assistant (also called Siri) a year later.
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