Published Mar 15, 2016Streaming platform Apple Music has announced plans to stream remixes and DJ mixes that have been unavailable to users due to copyright issues. The tech giant has struck a deal with Dubset Media Holdings, who have existing licensing agreements in place with over 14,000 labels and publishers, to bring previously unlicensed content to the service, Billboard reports.
Using a piece of technology titled MixBank, Dubset will be able to identify individual recordings within a DJ mix or mashup file and properly pay both record labels and music publishers. The software identifies the stop and start point of each recording, then finds the corresponding rights holders in a dataset.
From there, the file is checked against any restrictions that may have been set by rights holders, who also have the option to blacklist specific artists, albums or tracks, change song lengths, and decide where in the world it will be distributed.
The creator is then notified whether the content in question has been approved or not, and will be alerted to necessary changes that need to be made before resubmitting. Dubset will keep a percentage of revenue for itself and pay a share to the creator, though Billboard was unable to obtain precise payment figures. Major labels and independent labels are also said to be paid at the same rate.
After the trouble surrounding rights issues and licensing that SoundCloud has faced, DJs and remixers are sure to see this as a positive change.
"Remixes are a huge part of our culture — they allow DJs and fans to put our own creative spin on music," DJ Steve Aoki told Billboard. "Apple working with Dubset now is a really simple solution to something traditionally complex, and allows everyone to make money on this content for the first time."