CMU Digest

CMU Digest 13.10.17: Mixcloud, SACEM, Cloudflare, Prince, touts, Hope & Glory

By | Published on Friday 13 October 2017


The key stories from the last seven days in the music business…

Mixcloud announced a direct licensing deal with Warner Music. To date the streaming platform – which allows users to upload mixes and radio shows they have made – has licensed music rights via the collecting societies. It’s shift over to direct deals will allow the company to evolve a subscription offering. [READ MORE]

French collecting society SACEM announced it had reached a settlement with broadcaster Canal+. A royalties dispute between the two parties had been building for a while, but a deal has now been done through to the end of 2019. Canal+ is a sister company of Universal Music, both being owned by Vivendi, so it isn’t a great look if it is seen to be resisting paying songwriters fair royalties. [READ MORE]

It was confirmed the CEO of internet services firm Cloudflare will have to take part in a two hour deposition as part of a copyright infringement case. Porn company ALS Scan wants to hold Cloudflare liable for the copyright infringement of some of the piracy platforms it provides services to. The firm’s CEO will be asked why he cancelled the account of a neo-nazi website because of its offensive content, but won’t cancel the accounts of copyright infringing websites without a court order. The US record industry also complained about Cloudflare providing services to infringing sites in a piracy report this week. [READ MORE]

Two of Prince’s heirs criticised a decision to move his recording archives from his Paisley Park home in Minneapolis to a secure storage facility in LA. Prince’s half sisters Sharon and Norrine Nelson said the bank overseeing the estate, Comercia, hadn’t consulted them about the move and should have done. The bank denied those claims. [READ MORE]

The government of New South Wales in Australia proposed banning the resale of tickets for profit, so that touts would only be able to add a 10% admin fee onto tickets they sell on. The new anti-touting rules are being led by Minister For Better Regulation Matt Kean, who previously criticised Viagogo. [READ MORE]

Liverpool City Council’s report into the failed Hope & Glory festival blamed the events organisers for the shambles. The Council said its staff did a tremendous job of trying to rescue the event after “the event organiser’s mismanagement” resulted in “a catalogue of errors”. Though council officials conceded that they should have a more robust system in place to assess “the suitability, capacity and track‐record of independent event organisers” before allowing them to stage festivals in the city. [READ MORE]

The big deals from the last seven days in the music business…
• SRD allied with Proper [INFO]
• Stellar Songs signed Diztortion [INFO]
• Sub Pop signed Moaning [INFO]
• Reservoir signed Jamie Hartman [INFO]
• City Slang signed Son Lux [INFO]

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