YouTube acquires RightsFlow

On December 9th, 2011, Google purchased RightsFlow, a company that tracks and processes royalties for the music industry.

How it’ll work is, “YouTube will gain a system for processing royalty payments to tens of thousands of publishers — the companies that represent songwriters — whenever music is included in a video that is played on the site.”

RightsFlow will not only help match the track to the artist, but also to the underlying composition (music & lyrics) which will bring in more revenue to copyright holders (mainly labels).

This deal is YouTube and Google’s attempt to really legalize and smooth out the payments of royalties to all of their content holders. As they have admitted, they have had many struggles in the past regarding royalty distribution, but they really want to right their wrongs by taking this big step forward….

How will this interactive with the Stop online Piracy Act?

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What’s happening with Spotify & E-Parasite Act?

Be sure to tune in online to Spotify’s Global Press Conference on Mashable on Weds. November 30th @ 11:30AM to learn about the new direction they are planning on taking to stay in competition with Google Music, iTunes Match and Amazon’s cloud player.

Facebook and Google are teaming up to actually fight AGAINST the E-Parasite Act from being passed. Why is this surprising?

Because, this bill was proposed to PROTECT copyright holders from any infringement…but is the bill taking things a little too far and actually preventing and limiting artistic creativity? This is the point that FB and Google are claiming…

What is your take? 

Read the full article here & share your opinions with me!


Peter Cashmore, CEO of Mashable discusses the 8 Digital Trends that are shaping the future. 

For those who do not have a half hour to spare; Here are the video’s 

Main Points & Highlights—

MEGA-trend: Touch
1- News Aggregation Apps (Flipboard, Pulse, Zite)
2- Magazine Apps (Newsstand)
3- Beyond iPad (Kindle Fire, Nook Color 2)
4- Social Gestures (Frictionless sharing; any action on the web can be shared on FB; risking privacy of users)
5- TV Everywhere (Dish Network, Time Warner + Comcast, CNN who bring live TV to laptops, phones and iPads)
6- Second Screen Experiences (Interactive Play/usage on a secondary device while watching TV; i.e. MTV Watch, Bravo Now, NBC Live)
7- TV & Movie Marketing Apps (web marketing -> App marketing; i.e. Super 8, Angry Birds Rio) 
8- Social Music (Spotify, EDO, MOGS; “All-You-Can-Eat Music”; sustainable?)

2012 Trends & Beyond:
1- HTML 5  (Universal format that works in many devices)
2- Content Licensing Clash (distributers vs. content owners)
3- Car Apps (connects to entertainment systems in cars)
4- Flexible Displays (foldable, bendable, rollable; Nokia)
5- Apple ITV ( cloud storage working through TV)
6- Location Based News (going anywhere in the world and having access to news that focus on the specific area you are in)
7- Near Field Communication (emphasizing push media, i.e. eliminating the need for wallets, through paying through your phone)
                   "What if the media could come to you at a relevant point?" 

What’s your take. is he missing anything?

I’m fairly surprised that he almost mentioned nothing about Google, being that Google is one of Apple’s largest competitors especially in the social media & now, music industries….



Google, TuneCore, EMI & Sandboxes!

It seems as if  is facing more and more struggles with the music industry with every passing, Robert Levine points out the clash of capitalistic aims, but says there’s still hope that deals will be made…eventually!
                       Read more: Google Vs. Music Labels, LA Times

, a company that helps artists distribute and sell their music across all major distribution platforms (e.g. iTunes, Amazon, Spotify) is launching a new service to help artists collect their unpaid royalties. How? Through helping artists register tunes, track copyrights and pursue legal action for unpaid royalties. // What do you think, will it be a success or failure? 
                              Read more: Wall Street Journal 

, a company that powers “smarter music applications,” is nailing down deals with EMI and Universal Music Group to create Music App Developer Sandboxes, which give app developers easy access to licensing their music catalogue, breaking down barriers to entry and catalyses the development of better and newer music applications for consumers. With a 60/40 split, 40% for developers, labels will be selecting the apps to be released, executing the licensing agreements and providing some marketing services for promotion of the application. 
                            Read more: EMI & Echo Nest, LA Times 


Google opening MP3 store & Apple launches iTunes Match?!

                                             This seems fitting, no?

As the New York Times released yesterday…

It seems like Google and Apple are continuing this battle of one-upping each other by crossing over platforms from
cloud storage —> MP3 store &
MP3 store —> cloud storage.

However, with the launch of Google Music and the struggle with obtaining licenses from music publishers and labels for their cloud service, Google seems to be hitting the same wall with their upcoming MP3 store, putting Apple, it seems, a bit ahead of the race.

iTunes Match is set to be released by the end of October! 
Pro - iTunes Match will instantly link a user’s songs to Apple’s master collection
Con- With an unlicensed service, users must upload each song individually…which is not a promising task for someone with a large library.

However, Google Music seems to have the same problem…

That being said, what is to come next for Google, Apple & the music industry?

(Google’s also taking on Groupon with their Google Offers!) 

                                    Share your thoughts with me! :)


Google/Motorola Acquisition


As Google’s Android continues to dominate the smart phone market, it’s new acquisition of Motorola looks like one that’s going to make Google into a bigger force to be reckoned with. With the ongoing battles Google has with Apple-both of which already proven to be leaders of this technology-driven generation-this acquisition will close the gap and put Google on the same level, if not one step ahead of Apple.

With Google Music on the rise and hopefully getting out of Beta in the near future, this may bring streaming music services to another level- handy mobile devices, set top boxes and tablets. 

As the music industry continues to make the shift to a virtual world, merges like this will surely smooth out and speed up the process.

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What do you think?

Post your questions and we’ll get the experts @ G&E Music to answer them!