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Kobalt Launches ‘First of its Kind’ App for Music Creators

Billboard reports "Kobalt continues to position itself as a leader in transparency as it today made its music publishing portal available to be accessed by an app designed for iOS devices. Dubbed the Kobalt App, it allows creators to access their earnings on the go."

New Deal Allows Indie Publishers and Songwriters to Profit from DJs’...

Billboard reports "Almost two months to the day after it announced an important partnership with Apple Music, digital distributor Dubset Media Holdings is announcing another deal, one that's big news for music publishers and songwriters with smaller industry footprints. The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) and Dubset have reached a deal that will allow the NMPA's independent members, both publishing companies and songwriters, to take part in a new streaming "sub-economy" that only recently became technologically feasible."

Blockchain open sources Thunder network, paving the way for instant bitcoin...

TechCrunch reports "Blockchain, the company behind the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, has been quietly working on an interesting project called Thunder. The Thunder network is an alternative network of nodes that lets you make off-chain bitcoin payments in seconds and settle back to the bitcoin blockchain every now and then. And it makes me excited about bitcoin all over again."

FTC, FCC launch inquiry into how companies distribute security fixes to...

TechCrunch reports "The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission announced today that they are teaming up for an inquiry into how security updates to smartphones and other mobile devices are released in the United States."

Adblock Plus ‘on more than 100 million devices’

The Guardian reports "The makers of Adblock Plus claim their software is being used on more than 100 million devices around the world. Till Faida, founder of Adblock maker, Eyeo, told a TechCrunch conference in New York on Monday that the company had racked up more than 100 million active installations. The figure does not translate directly to users, as people may be using the software on more than one device."

‘It’s a System That Is Rigged Against the Artists’: The War...

Billboard reports "This February, a few days after criticizing YouTube in a New York Times interview, super-manager Irving Azoff went after Google's video-streaming ­service again when he accepted The Recording Academy President's Merit Award at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards gala. "The industry can't be ­pacified by lip service about efforts to ­create paid ­subscription services," Azoff said in an atypically ­serious speech."

Chronicling the RightsTech Revolution

The RightsTech Revolution may not be televised but it is being documented and reported on. And this week, RightsTech.com is launching a weekly e-newsletter to help you stay up to date with all the best of the reporting and analysis from across all media sectors on the rapidly evolving the technology of digital rights clearances, authentication, royalty tracking, licensing and payments.

“Show Me the Money,” Asian Producers, Sales Agents Tell Netflix, iTunes

The Hollywood Reporter reports "Digital platforms, such as iTunes and Netflix, are undeniably here to stay, but Asian producers and content owners on Friday said returns are not known in advance and there is a lack of transparency. Panelists during a discussion at the Udine Far East Film Festival industry section said they want to see some dollars."

Google, Facebook, Uber, and others join new NYC tech industry lobbying...

The Verge reports "A new, New York City-based technology advocacy group has launched, and it already has some big players lined up. Tech:NYC — co-chaired by venture capitalist Fred Wilson and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong — plans to become "a more formal and representative organization" for tech companies in the city, as it lobbies for industry-friendly policies."

YouTube Changes Content ID Rules to Allow for Money Collection During...

Billboard reports "Internet video giant YouTube has made a change in its Content ID evaluation process that will benefit creators whose work has been improperly challenged by a rights holder. Admitting “we agree this process could be better,” YouTube announced the move in a Thursday blog post Thursday, and it seems like a simple fix. The platform will now continue to collect, but retain, any ad revenue accrued until any rights-verification process that has been started is resolved."