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Quotes of the Week — Week 19, 2022

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“Well, first of all, Tom Gray from Gomez is a hero. He should be on your front page. He’s been lobbying the government to regulate music streaming with his Broken Record campaigning group for the last couple of years, and as a result the government set up a select committee to look into it, and that was an eye-opener. I made a statement because I obviously believe all musicians should be paid for what they do.”
By British guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, in an interview with Classic Rock, in which he was asked if he feared for rock’s future as an economically viable career path for young musicians, and referring to Tom Gray, also Chair of the Ivors Academy and his #BrokenRecord campaign.

“I am aware that this may be the coolest thing that has ever happened to me. Thanks @JimmyPage.  ♥️🔥♥️🔥  #BrokenRecord”
By Tom Gray, from British band Gomez, Chair of the Ivors Academy, and leader of the #BrokenRecord campaign, reacting on Twitter to the shoutout from Jimmy Page in Classic Rock.

“Good to see record labels in France have stepped up to the plate and made a deal with performers that guarantees a minimum royalty rate for streaming and a minimum advance of €1,000 – and streaming remuneration for session musicians too #FixStreaming”
By London-based Swedish songwriter Helienne Lindvall, President of ECSA, in a tweet reacting on Twitter to the news that French labels and performers signed an agreement guaranteeing a minimum royalty rate for streaming use of recordings.

“Will France’s reform lead to an exodus of British Talent signing deals w/ French Labels  & CMO’s ?  UK must act nimbly to #FixStreaming & harmonise with France  or risk our world beating Music Industry hemorrhaging talent.”
By Crispin Hunt , the former Chair of the Ivors Academy, reacting on Twitter to France’s agreement between labels and performers.

“Today, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across Mac, iPad, and Apple TV. Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio — there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music.”
By Greg Joswiak, Apple‘s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, announcing that Apple was retiring the iPod, which for about a decade was the preferred way for consumers to access music.

“2021 was a year like no other in recent memory, with the music industry rebounding from the pandemic. In many respects, 2021 was a catch-up year for the wider economy, with additional business being done that had been put on hold during the worst of the pandemic. Although the music business is largely a consumer business, it does have a B2B component (advertising) and the uplift in wider economic activity filtered down to consumers as employees. The result was a blended 37.7% increase in revenues for leading companies across recordings, publishing, streaming and live.”
By Mark Mulligan, from MIDiA Research, in the company’s inaugural ‘Music Industry Earnings’ report, tracking the revenues of 12 leading music companies across recordings, publishing, streaming and live.

“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users.”
By Elon Musk wrote in a tweet announcing that he was suspending his bid for Twitter, sending the shares of the social network down 25% to around $34, while Musk had made an offer at $44.

“Overzealous DMCA is a plague on humanity.”
By Elon Musk, in a tweet in which he share the high opinion he has for 1998’s legislation Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

“Current copyright law in general goes absurdly far beyond protecting the original creator.”
By Elon Musk venting on Twitter his frustration with, well, copyright law.

“Music creators have to use DMCA takedown notices because Twitter refuses to license music. The problem is twitter is the only major platform without any licenses. Don’t blame rightsholders for the problem.”
By US performer, songwriter and activist David C Lowery, responding on Twitter to Elon Musk‘s recent tweets about copyright law.

“I want to live in a world where big companies use their resources to take big shots. Obviously, if people invest in our company, we want to be profitable for them. If employees join our company, I want to make sure that ends up being a good financial decision for them, too. But I also feel a responsibility to go for it. Use the position that we’re in to make some bets, and try to push forward in a way that other people might not.”
By Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, explaining in an interview with Protocol his metaverse vision for the company, now called Meta. He also added: “We’re also not a typical company. It’s a controlled company, so I can make more of these decisions than most companies would. That gives us even more responsibility to push for it and do things that other people might not be able to do.” You have been warned!

“The announcement in the Queen’s Speech to bring forward the legal framework for the statutory Digital Markets Unit is a huge opportunity to redress the current imbalance in the music streaming market which favours digital platforms over Songwriters and Artists. By including digital music platforms, this new draft law will pave the way for a major boost to Songwriters, the UK’s music industry and its creative potential. This would be great news for Songwriters and music lovers alike.”
By Merck Mercuriadis, Founder and CEO of Hipgnosis Songs, reacting to the news that the Queen’s speech included a provision confirming the British government’s plans to publish draft legislation giving the Digital Markets Unit new statutory powers to level the playing field between rights holders and tech platforms.

“We are pleased the government has recognised the imbalance of bargaining power between news publishers and digital platforms and is taking this important step forward to enhance competition in the digital ecosystem. The Digital Markets Unit is established and operating in shadow form and we look forward to this legislation being introduced as soon as possible to give it the tools it needs to get on with the job.”
By News Media Association Chief Executive Owen Meredith reacting to the inclusion of the draft Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill in the Queen’s Speech.  

“I belong to a private sync group on Facebook and I said, I think we need to be having a roundtable discussion. And so, we put together a group of people with different backgrounds, including music licensing and clearance people, attorneys, accountants, and people on the tech and crypto side of things. So, the consortium is just us once a week discussing what we think needs to be done next, and how we go about doing this. It’s a private group for now, and we’re just trying to figure things out and hopefully we can bring it to the next level.”
By Deborah Mannis-Gardner, Owner/President of DMG Clearances, talking to Synchtank, about the obstacles she faces when clearing music for platforms like Roblox and Meta, and her mission to future-proof music licensing for new technologies, which includes the set up of this informal consortium to find a framework to the licensing of content in the metaverse.

“They would just spend and spend, and if anyone else tried to spend as much, they would go out of business. That was pretty much their strategy. But they got to a point where they started slowing down, and we had the pandemic. And I think that maybe they didn’t pivot quite quickly enough. But they’re going to pivot. They’ll change how much original and library product they have too, and how much ownership they have. And will they window their product — because they should.”
By Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, in a panel discussion at SeriesFest 2022 in Denver, talking about the way Netflix operated and the way it will probably operate in future, after the service announced for the first time a drop in subscriptions. 

“The publishing industry plays an essential role in cultivating literacy, transmitting cultural heritage, fostering cross cultural understanding, supporting diversity, advancing education, and protecting local and minority languages. What allows publishers to fulfill these roles? The answer is copyright laws with appropriate enforcement. Now more than ever, copyright frameworks, in both developed and developing publishing markets, that reward investment in creative content are critical. However, these laws must be accompanied by effective enforcement of exclusive rights against physical and online piracy.”
By Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association, in a statement delivered at the World Intellectual Property Organisation‘s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, May 11. The IPA represents 89 associations of publishers from 73 countries.

“I’m now the last man standing in this fight and I will continue to fight because unlike my co-defendants I won’t accept the injustice we have been subjected to. If I have to go to jail for what Megaupload users did on our site then many Big Tech CEOs are in the same boat with me.”
By Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload, announcing on social networks that two of his co-defendants, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, reached a deal with US prosecutors and the New Zealand government that will see them avoid being extradited to the US in exchange for facing charges in New Zealand. Dotcom, who lives in New Zealand, still faces the possibility of extradition to the US. Megaupload has been shut down in 2012 for massive copyright infringement, and Dotcom has since fought against extradition charges.

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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