News

Aug
2014

Dot.Music gTLD- Letter from the Independent Music Label Community to ICANN


Posted in News by A2IM

For the past four years we have been sharing updates on the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD’s) names that will be issued. ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the not-for profit organization responsible for the coordination of maintenance and methodology of unique identifiers related to the namespaces of the Internet and ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation. In June 2011 the ICANN board voted to end most restrictions on the names of generic top-level domains (gTLD) companies and ICANN is in the process of expanding Internet domain names.

The dot.MUSIC concept incorporates both property rights and the concept of the “seal of approval” to produce relatively inexpensive information for fans, artists and labels. As we have reported to you previously this initiative could result in domains names like BonIver.music, JagJaguwar.music, A2IM.music, etc, being used as alternative website addresses for promotion or commerce.

A2IM and our international music colleagues (labels, artists, publishers, songwriters, etc.) have been supporting bids by members of the music creator community (Dot.Music and Far Further) to own and control the .music domain name to ensure that only legitimate music labels/publishers and their recording artists/songwriters get the rights to use the .music gTLD for the names for which they own the property rights.

The evaluation to determine whether music community status along with preferred bidding rights to control the .music TLD will be granted to these music community supported bids is now being decided. A2IM and our international Independent music label colleagues issued a letter to ICANN in support of these music community bids. The purpose of our letter is two-fold:

·          First to stress we need a music community bid to prevail and manage the .music gTLD. to operate the .music community-based top-level domain under a multi-stakeholder governance model with enhanced safeguards to protect intellectual property serving the interests of the global music creator community.

·         Second to express our concerns about entities such as Google, Amazon or a finance investor based organization, just looking for the largest revenues possible with no regard for Intellectual Property or registration vetting policies which incorporate appropriate enhanced safeguards related to preventing copyright infringement, from winning the control of the .music gTLD in a bidding process.

Please do not hesitate to contact us or our international colleagues with any questions you might have related to our letter and any concerns related to .Music.

Aug
2014

Associate Member Spotlight: 3plet


Posted in Member Services, News by A2IM

3plet_final3plet is a new way for artists and labels to release music albums as their own branded mobile apps where audio is tightly coupled with HD visuals, exclusive stories, lyrics and more — for an immersive and engaging consumer experience. 3plet is a deluxe version of a music album gone mobile, marketed directly to fans through app stores, and helping monetize bundled content in a new way. 3plet has garnered coverage by TechCrunch, Hypebot and Yahoo and has dozens of albums released as 3plets by early adopters on iOS and Android.

To release your album as a mobile application through 3plet’s easy to use platform, contact:kelli@3plet.com

Aug
2014

Welcome Fawn Goodman


Posted in News by A2IM

Please join us in welcoming Fawn Goodman as A2IM’s new Director of Industry Relations/Communications. Fawn will be A2IM’s lead in drafting regulatory and advocacy filings and position papers and overseeing external communications. She will also maintain our social media and web presence and represent our organization at key industry events. Prior to joining A2IM, Fawn worked as an artist manager and prior to that spent 12 years at Warner Music, including as Director, Tour Marketing for Warner Bros. Records and Director, College Marketing for WEA. Please reach out and welcome her to the A2IM team! She can be reached at fawn@a2im.org and for now at (917) 750-2956.

Aug
2014

Global Street Date for New Music Releases- Starts Summer 2015


Posted in News by A2IM

The IFPI has been doing a survey of music creators, including the Independent music label community trade groups, including A2IM’s board of directors, about creating a global release date for all music markets for new music each week. Currently the U.K. new release street date is Mondays, U.S. Tuesday, Japan Wednesday, much of continental Europe and Australia Friday, etc. The Billboard article on this outlines some of the debate on what date of the week should be designated but the bottom line is that a change to a global date will be good for both consumers and the music industry and right now the favorite is Friday as it has more  physical store traffic , due to paydays, and busier traffic online . Given the increase in digital distribution percentages and the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms with international scope, promoting music as being available on a common worldwide release day can help focus all promotional activity and build awareness and anticipation around the release of new music globally. The IFPI issued a press release on the initiative and we commend the IFPI on initiating this global strategy and we will keep you informed as the roll-out of a Global release date, starting in the summer of 2015, approaches.

Aug
2014

Soundcloud Permissions and Scope of its User License


Posted in News by Jennifer Masset

Soundcloud_Important_InformationWhen putting tracks up on Soundcloud, you should strongly consider turning API access off. If you do not do this, you are granting not only Soundcloud a royalty free licence to use your recordings, but also anyone else who uses their API and/or links to your recordings (eg internet radio stations, remix services or other music apps).

Soundcloud’s terms and conditions HERE. The relevant parts are are “Representations and Warranties”, and “Linked Services” under “Grant of Licence”.

As a Soundcloud user, you have already warranted to Soundcloud that you control all rights when using the service. This means that publishing, which you may not control, is also included in this royalty free license for onward usage. User uploads are also covered by this, so if third parties are uploading your recordings, they are also passing on a free license to other sites and services beyond Soundcloud, which effectively creates an ecosystem of royalty free usage for your music.

A2IM thanks our colleagues at AIM for alerting us to this and hope A2IM’s members find it useful.

Aug
2014

Indie Week 2015 (June 22-26)


Posted in Events, Member Services, Members Only, News by A2IM

SAVE THE DATE! Let’s do this! Indie Week 2015 will celebrate our 10th Anniversary during the week of June 22-26 in NYC.

We hope to see you there! Stay tuned for more details. These events are only open to A2IM members.

Sponsorships available. Please contact Jennifer Masset for more info.

Thanks to our first co-sponsor, Consolidated Independent!

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