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YouTube Accrued Royalties Program 2021

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The 2021 claiming window for the YouTube Accrued Royalties Program is well underway. At the beginning of this year – and every year since 2017 – Muserk began the process of claiming sound recordings on YouTube that have generated royalties but are being held for unknown copyright holders. These royalties are now awaiting a link from a rightful owner. Even though YouTube delivered its...

First Friday Playlist: Muserk’s Colin Moriarty

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As a company, Muserk wants to showcase the people that make us who we are. The reason we all work so hard here at Muserk every day is, of course, because of the music and the artists that make it. Thus, every first Friday of the month, we'll be spotlighting an employee and the music they love via a "First Fridays" Spotify playlist. First up is Colin Moriarty - Rights Administrator:

Tornadoes, Rescue Dogs and Rights Management; Why this New Yorker made the move to Nashville

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I grew up singing; theaters, retirement communities, Monday night open mic’s, and anywhere that would have me. As I got older, I learned that I was pretty good at being a musician, but terrible at being an artist so I moved to New York City to pursue a career in songwriting. Of course, this meant waiting tables during the day and going to shows/writing at night. Before I lived in New York...

Thoughts from a Working Musician In Nashville

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“Nashville has a long history of songwriting.” This was something that I heard over and over when I moved here in the fall of 2017. At the time, I didn’t understand that this statement was actually an insight into how the music industry operates. To me, the word “songwriter” wasn’t much different from the word “artist” or “musician.” I had grown up playing songs by my favorite artists as well as...

Update: Working as a Distributed team

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It has been a wild few months here at Muserk. We've onboarded some major players as customers, started a joint venture in Japan to combat piracy, and successfully executed our largest payout to date. To say things have been moving fast would be an understatement. Taking on this rapid growth as a distributed team has been its own effort so we wanted to check in and give an update on some things...

The Math of Matching – Part 1

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Streaming music leaves rights owners - particularly the publisher, society, composer, author groups - with two major challenges. The Digital Service Providers (DSP’s) like Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, etc, can send anywhere from 1.5 to 5 million different tracks in a monthly usage report resulting in a massive volume of data to process

Automated Copyright Administration – Where Technology Meets Process

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In the last two decades, we have watched the music industry explode with innovation. Today, all that is required to listen to nearly any piece of musical content is an internet connection. Likewise, the basic tools necessary for creating said content now come pre-packaged with most computers. These simple facts are often taken for granted, as is the value we assign to music and those who are...

Muserk Announces Partnership with Japan’s Largest Musical Copyright Administration Society JASRAC

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Muserk is happy to announce that we are partnering with the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC). JASRAC is not only the biggest copyright administration society in Japan, it is one of the largest rights societies outside of the United States. We will be leveraging proprietary tools like MPAC® and MMatch® to ensure a seamless collection of JASRAC's U.S.-based...

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