Tupac Photo Lawsuit, AI Stem Investment, Kobalt Sells Catalog, Clubhouse Goes HiFi
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Salient statements from this week’s music news.
As music becomes valued for its parts as much as the whole, selling songs for parts isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds.
Takeaway: Audioshake’s on-demand A.I.-driven platform deconstructs songs into their parts (“stems”) so that they can be monetized for new uses in re-mixes, samples, sync licensing, and more.
2. Clubhouse Officially Announces Music Mode: ‘Broadcast Your Music With High Quality and Great Stereo Sound’
Pitched as a way for musicians to play intimate audio-only shows, you can bet the performance of copyright-protected tunes (and ensuing royalty deals) aren’t far behind.
Takeaway: It remains to be seen whether the overarching offering – that is, social audio itself – will continue to appeal to users in the long term, as live entertainment and related functions return to and exceed their pre-pandemic volume.
One man’s investment is another man’s getting out at the top.
Takeaway: While the songs in that catalog were not disclosed, sources say it includes the SONGS Music Publishing catalog, which owns songs by Lorde and the Weekend, acquired for about $180 million at the end of 2017.
A new legal battlefront is emerging with music photographers on the frontlines.
Takeaway: The complaint follows a number of similar suits in the music industry, however. One such action arrived after Katy Perry uploaded to Instagram a photo of herself attending a Halloween party – purportedly without the permission of the person who snapped the shot. More recently, July of 2021 brought with it a copyright infringement lawsuit against Dua Lipa, over the 26-year-old’s allegedly unauthorized use (also on social media) of a photo captured while she was waiting in line at an airport.