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  • in reply to: Radio In-Store – hallmark music libraries #26858
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Hi Wall E,

    Yes AudioSparx operates RadioSparx which provides exactly the kind of music service you mentioned. We don’t require that you leave your society, in fact, we prefer if you don’t, so you can still earn performance royalties for any broadcast use placements we obtain for your music.

    Please visit http://www.audiosparx.com/alliance to learn more.

    Regards,

    Lee

    in reply to: Nilsson Online Distribution? #26607
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Yes Nilsson is one of AudioSparx’s compilation development distribution partners.

    Regards,

    Lee

    in reply to: The state51 Conspiracy – Who are they? #25703
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    One more clarification – if you find one of your tracks on YouTube like this and you see the label name that has distributed it there (e.g. The state51 Conspiracy), you can review your External Distribution Report on the Reports tab of your account at AudioSparx and see the label names that are used by our various distributors that have distributed one or more of your tracks. This allows you to confirm via the External Distribution Report whether the placement of the track on YouTube was performed by one of our authorized distributors.

    If you see a label name that you don’t recognize, and which does not appear on your External Distribution Report, please feel free to ask us first before reaching out to anybody else. Sometimes our distributors add a new label name to their portfolio and forget to notify us about this, and so we’re happy to reach out to our distributors to inquire about a new, unrecognized label name to find out whether they are using such a label name.

    Regards,

    Lee

    in reply to: The state51 Conspiracy – Who are they? #25702
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Also, to further clarify, this type of single-track streaming on YouTube is NOT the equivalent of having your music entangled with Content ID fingerprinting for general monetization of your tracks when anybody else uses your tracks in a video they post on YouTube.

    The only earnings that occur for this type of YouTube placement is strictly the ad revenue that is generated for the playback for the single instance of your track that our partner has distributed to YouTube.

    Regards,

    Lee

    in reply to: The state51 Conspiracy – Who are they? #25700
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Hi All,

    The state51 Conspiracy is one of the label names used by one of our compilation album development partners here at AudioSparx.

    Part of their external distribution is that your music is placed on YouTube and earns ad-generated revenue for plays that occur. This is exactly the same way many other ad-revenue-based streaming websites work, including Spotify. There is no difference except that there is a visual component in addition to the audio component. But otherwise, it is just earnings-per-play, plain and simple, and probably actually earns more per play than any other streaming sites since video ads can be displayed rather than strictly audio ads as occurs on Spotify, etc.

    If you want to earn B2C-related money for streaming plays of your music, there is no good reason to opt out of our external digital distribution.

    Regards,

    Lee

    in reply to: YouTube Copyright Headache #25443
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Hi Alan,

    AudioSparx definitely has made extensive efforts to try to resolve the problem. We have contacted Warner Records repeatedly both via email and phone calls. We have had I’m certain not less than at least 30 different communications with Warner trying to get in touch with someone who would help resolve the problem. This includes from me and other staff members here as well.

    We have continued to get the runaround from Warner mostly it seems due to their own confusion at Warner about who would be able to help with the problem, and their own lack of familiarity with how YouTube works, and a failure to acknowledge that they had in part in the problem or its resolution. We have actually escalated it to Warner’s legal department and have been still working on it. This has been going on for several months and has been complicated by various people at Warner going on summer vacation.

    To portray this as AudioSparx having been unhelpful is not an accurate representation of the situation in our view — you are simply not aware of what we have been doing and the roadblocks we’ve been hitting.

    I’m glad to hear you got it resolved. It was by far one of the most complicated YouTube Content ID-related situations we have encountered in all of our years in business. Now that it is resolved, we will close the case out.

    Regards,

    Lee Johnson
    [email protected]

    in reply to: Can anyone please explain Soundexchange? #24158
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Hi All,

    In general yes you should register your music at SoundExchange. However, for participants at AudioSparx and RadioSparx, make sure to opt-out of SoundExchange’s international mandate. Their international mandate is highly-overreaching and provides SoundExchange exclusive control of all licensing of public performance rights for your music outside the USA. So, it is critical that you make sure to opt out of all foreign country participation at SoundExchange so you do not turn over exclusive control of your music to SoundExchange for licensing outside the US.

    For SoundExchange members, AudioSparx does actually require that you and any rightsholders for your music opt out of SE’s International Mandate as a condition to participate at AudioSparx, so that we can direct license your music for public performance uses outside the USA.

    Regards,

    Lee Johnson
    [email protected]

    in reply to: Question for UK PRS/ASCAP members #23692
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Hi Guys,

    It’s actually a bit more complicated than that. The reason we have prior to now recommended moving your PRO affiliation strictly to a US PRO (and discontinuing with your non-US PRO) is because the US societies permit direct licensing, whereas the European PROs have historically not permitted it.

    However, there is a new VERY IMPORTANT European Directive concerning how the music societies in Europe are required to conduct themselves. This affects both composer/author/lyricist societies as well as artist/performer/producer societies as well. This new directive, which was issued in 2014, is scheduled to take full effect on April 10, 2016.

    This new directive (link here: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32014L0026) mandates that European societies MUST allow rightholders (i.e you) to remove any category of rights from your society that you wish to control yourself, such as for example, licensing music for use as commercial background music in our RadioSparx web site. And you can leave the rest of the categories of rights that you wish for the society to manage with the society.

    Long story short, for our European composers and artists, this directive has the effect of now allowing you to simultaneously participate in the statutory licensing services that the societies provide (for TV/Film/Commercial broadcast performance royalties, etc.), while also participating in the direct licensing services that we offer worldwide via RadioSparx, including our licensing within Europe. Hence, there is now no longer a need for you to move your PRO affiliation to the US.

    This is all very new, and is pending transposition into local law within each country, however, we believe that there is no reason that you cannot immediately request such a withdrawal of “specific categories of rights”
    We ask that our European artists and composers immediately now notify your society that you wish to participate in our direct-licensed commercial background music service (RadioSparx) and ask them which category of rights it is that you need to remove from the society to make this possible.

    We are hoping that, as a result of this new directive, the European societies will adjust themselves now to function in the same way that the US societies do, to permit their statutory licensing to operate in tandem and in parallel with your own direct licensing. If they do this, it will allow for a much more harmonious marketplace and start to eliminate the on-going wars that the European society’s current monopolistic exclusive-control stance is perpetuating.

    For any of you that try this “rights withdrawal” from any European societies, please send us an email to [email protected] and let us know what your experience is like.

    Cheers,

    Lee Johnson
    [email protected]

    in reply to: ASCAP Member Survey – Fees in our future? #23230
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Can someone please share the URL for the ASCAP Member Survey?
    Any annual fee is greedy in the extreme.

    Thanks,

    Lee

    in reply to: Question about "In-Perpetuity" #21234
    AudioSparx
    Participant

    Hi John,

    Our Music Cult license is NOT exclusive, only perpetual. While there are statistical and market advantages to listing music exclusively here at AudioSparx, we do not ever require it.

    Regards,

    Lee Johnson
    http://www.audiosparx.com

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