Back in November, EMI Music unveiled its OpenEMI initiative, launching a developer “sandbox” on application platform the Echo Nest. App developers get access to a major label's music, as well as videos, photos and other creative assets. EMI gets to harness the creativity of the developer community to find new ways to monetize its catalog. In an interview on the sidelines of MIDEM, EMI Music VP of digital projects Neil Tinegate spoke with Billboard.biz about the progress of OpenEMI.
Over the past year, cloud-based music lockers have begun entering the mainstream, embraced by major players like Apple, Amazon and Google. But as was obvious Tuesday during a MIDEM panel discussion on the topic -- featuring reps from BMI, Rdio, SACEM, PRS, Nokia and others -- there are still many questions about what cloud services should be and where they're headed.
TAG Strategic managing partner Ted Cohen moderated an engaging panel discussion Monday about the digital music market. Participating in the discussion were four influential executives: Merlin CEO Charles Caldas, Google director of content partnerships for Android Zahavah Levine, Amazon director of music content acquisition Craig Pape and Universal Music Group global digital business president Rob Wells.
Executives from Merlin CEO Charles Caldas to Ariel Publicity President Ariel Hyatt, as well as employees from Spotify, Downtown Music, McCann Erickson and Copyright Exchange hit the Carlton Hotel Bar after a day of meetings and events.
Recent changes in U.S. and European copyright law may not seem like the most scintillating topic for a Saturday afternoon. But a MIDEM panel titled "New Horizons in Copyright Law" drew an overflow crowd.