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Start-ups, Music, and Copyright Avoidance

Bas Grasmeyer for Hypebot: What is needed is a Startup License that lets startups quickly and flexibly license music from the majors and largest indies for a set duration. After this duration, startups would still have to negotiate, but at least they’ve got their products figured out and investors will have a better understanding of what the business is potentially worth. The license should allow startups to opt in or out of territories. If you want to do UK-only, fine. If you want to pay more and do something global, it’s possible. A global startup music license would do tremendous

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How long until one company owns every bit of mainstream music?

Music publisher BMG are ready to bid for music publisher EMI. Music publisher Warner are likely to pitch in as well, while music publisher Sony and music publisher Universal won’t sit on the dock of the bay either. Apart from the fact that this would keep Competition Lawyers and Regulators lots of work to do, it worries me that so much musical power is being concentrated in fewer and fewer companies. That’s fertile ground for a cartel to operate in. And not just in music sales, but in contracts with young and upcoming bands, leverage on digital providers such as

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