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Dubset makes Sony the first major label legalized for remixing

Dubset makes Sony the first major label legalized for remixing
From TechCrunch - August 22, 2017

Spotify and Apple Music could soon get the legal grey area of music like remixes and DJ sets that today live unofficially on SoundCloud. Sony Music Entertainment today became the first major record label to allow its music to be monetized through unofficial mixes thanks to a deal with rights clearance startup Dubset. That means Sonys master recordings will be indexed by Dubset, and rights holders will be compensated even if just a tiny one-second snippet of their song is used in a DJ set or remix.

Dubset raised a $4 million Series A earlier this year to help it earn of a cut of the royalties it deals outto Sony and the 35,000 other small publishers and labels its onboarding to its Mixbank. Dubset fingerprints mixes, and properly distributes the royalties. Similar to YouTubes Content ID, Dubset can help artists and labels claim monetization from unofficially uploaded music instead of leaving them up and forfeiting the royalties, or taking them down and erasing a promotional opportunity.

A source tells TechCrunch that Dubset is getting closer to securing deals with the other two major labels Warner and Universal.

If it can lock down all three, remixes and DJ sets featuring almost any music could be legally hosted on the top streaming services instead of being barred or removed for copyright infringement. That might eliminate the differentiation thats kept struggling SoundCloud afloat. Illegal music uploaded there has sometimes flown under the radar since SoundCloud is protected by Safe Harbor law regarding user generated content. But if its legally available on Spotify, Apple Music, and elsewhere, listeners wouldnt have to go to SoundCloud.

Last year, Dubset managed to get its first songs on Spotify and Apple Music, scoring a hit with Major Lazer and Bad Royales My Number. The track contained both samples and a new cover recording of an existing song, making it too tricky for those streaming apps to allow until Dubset stepped it. My Number has since racked up over 1.7 million plays on Spotify alone, proving that its worth the trouble for Apple, Spotify, and the labels to be more flexible with copyright.

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