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The Future of Digital Music Delivery Is Already Here

Posted by Frank Johnson | July 1, 2015 1:10 pm | 1 Comment

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“Everyone involved in creating a piece of music should be able to rely on income from that music when it’s used.”

Such a simple concept has proven seemingly impossible to achieve. Artists, songwriters, and performers often don’t know when their music is used. The owners of sound recordings expend enormous resources taking legal action to prevent illegal use. Publishers use complex formulas to calculate payments, arriving at numbers that often don’t reflect the total use of each piece of content.

It shouldn’t be this difficult.

Scouring the ends of the Earth, hunting royalties in back corners of the Internet is an effective but temporary fix. 900,000 unclaimed royalty sources is a staggering number, and it’s growing. The back-end pipes of the music industry are broken. Wrapping them in plumber’s tape may slow the leak, but it fills no holes. Rights owners deserve a better solution.

Simply put, the only way to guarantee royalties are delivered to copyright holders is for every music service to sit atop a fully rights-managed content delivery platform.

Right now, when a song is purchased, downloaded, or streamed, that data is sent to a third party. That third party then attempts to connect the right people with the right payments. In many cases the payments and associated statements, each with millions of lines of information, are sent to another company to distribute to the artist and writers.

This is the simplest representation. Many services are much more complicated, adding in layer after layer of complexity. When this complexity yields breakage. someone always loses. In almost every case it is the artists, songwriters, and performers. Their actual take-home pay is truncated and fractured, and it isn’t because companies don’t want to pay them. They’re doing the best they can.

We aren’t here to debate record deals, songwriting splits, or speculate on how much artists should be making. Our experience in the music industry has shown us that contracts even as they exist are not reliably fulfilled. We firmly believe that until someone can say, “Your music was used in exactly this way, you are owed exactly this much,” the conversation can’t truly begin.

This is the world we envision at MediaNet. Every established and disruptive music service perched on a firm foundation, one that is intimately aware of how music is being used and who is supposed to be paid. It might seem like a pipe dream, but we’ve already built it here at MediaNet. It’s already working, and rights holders are being paid.

Using our 15 years of digital music delivery experience, we decided in 2012 that content needed to be tied to rights at every level. If not, it becomes a game of Bad Telephone, where each extra layer of digital music infrastructure adds loss and obscures data. Right now digital music delivery is a Rube Goldberg machine. We’re making it lean and mean, as simple as the Easy Button.

We’ve launched and support some of the world’s best-loved music apps, like Beats, Songza, and The data required to stream digital music at this level is enormous. 4.1 petabytes pass through our servers each month, 8x the volume of data stored in the US Library of Congress.

Taking in track catalogs, assigning deep metadata, resolving duplication, managing infrastructure, and delivering in 11 formats for dozens of B2B use cases across the globe is an enormous undertaking. Managing content, catalogs, and data at this scale isn’t possible for everyone, but we do it every day. Any music service can be integrated into our platform.

Rights-managed digital music delivery is something every artist, songwriter, performer, label, publisher, and rights holder deserves.

The dirty truth no one is telling is that there’s no single fix for digital music. No magic business model. A rights-managed music fulfillment platform won’t solve piracy, and it won’t ensure all rights holders are treated equitably. But we believe none of these greater challenges in music can be faced until a fundamental question is answered: Can you effectively monitor and run your entire digital music supply chain? That is one question we do have the answer to: “yes.” We’ve already built the platform for you. And it’s working.

Our vision of the future of music is simple. We envision a world where the panoply of music services can all confidently and transparently report and pay every rights holder for every single play. To that end, we’ve put our cards on the table and invested in that future. Our goal is to ensure that when a song is played, everyone gets paid.

Imagine that.


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Larry Miller’s presentation at NY Music Tech Meetup

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | February 19, 2013 11:17 am | No Comments

If you missed Larry Miller’s presentation on our Rights Administration Services at the NY Music Tech Meetup last week, you can check it out now on:

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MediaNet in the news with an article from Ed Christman: MediaNet Expanding Services to Mechanical Rights Licensing, Administration

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | January 31, 2013 12:49 pm | No Comments

January 24 2013 | – Billboard Biz
– by Ed Christman –

MediaNet, the back-end of such digital services like Mog/Beats and Songza, is expanding its offerings by providing mechanical rights licensing and administration.

MediaNet currently relies on the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) to supply publishing licenses for the master rights it provides to services. But now the company is adding research staff so it can conduct direct licensing with publishers not affiliated with HFA. It also plans to offer those services to digital music service providers that do not use MediaNet as their back-end.

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MediaNet Introduces Complete Copyright Administration, Licensing and Reporting Services for Record Labels, Music Services, Brands and CE Companies

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | January 24, 2013 11:02 am | No Comments

First B2B music technology provider to offer 360° rights administration

January 24, 2013 – MediaNet, a leading digital music catalog, metadata and ecommerce technology provider for music services around the world, is expanding its administration services offerings beyond its current master rights management and catalog fulfillment to cover the complete spectrum of rights. MediaNet currently offers global master fulfillment and administration for a catalog of more than 25 million tracks, to operators of streaming services, apps and download stores.  This new offering  enables MediaNet to take over the rights administration, reporting, and payment processes related to mechanical and performance licensing, so its music service and record label clients are properly licensed, and remain up to date with the reporting and payment terms of those licenses.  MediaNet will be the first white label music service provider to offer comprehensive, scalable master and publishing rights administration.

“By expanding our administration services, MediaNet will become the only company offering a complete rights and administration package for digital music service clients,” said Frank Johnson, CEO of MediaNet. “We look forward to working with publishers, PRO’s, record companies and digital service providers to create a solution that is beneficial for everyone in the music ecosystem.”

“MediaNet pioneered content management for digital music, and over the past decade, has developed one of the most sophisticated rights administration infrastructures in the industry,” said Larry Miller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of MediaNet. “Now, by offering both master-side and publishing rights administration services, we can  remove cost and friction for any company that wants to offer digital music services, allowing them to focus on creating, releasing and scaling brilliant products and services rather than allocating in-house resources to copyright administration.”Miller will be speaking on rights administration and related issues as the business keynote at the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) meeting at Midem on Sunday, January 27, at 11 a.m. in Conference Level 01 at the Palais des Festivals.

About MediaNet

Launched in 2001 by the music industry as one of the first online music services, MediaNet ( maintains the largest B2B rights-managed catalog of digital music in the world, with more than 25 million tracks available to power streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores and more through its API and comprehensive set of music commerce applications. MediaNet offers customized solutions for global music services and record labels as well as turnkey solutions for small companies looking to launch their business quickly and cost effectively.

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MediaNet welcomes Larry Miller to the team

Posted by mnopen | October 19, 2012 10:33 am | No Comments

From Business Wire
Larry Miller Named Executive Vice President and General Manager for B2B Digital Music Service MediaNet

Seattle & New York — October 19, 2012 — Longtime music executive Larry Miller has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager for MediaNet by CEO Frank Johnson. Miller is responsible for new service innovation in music and media rights management, partner acquisition, and revenue growth for the company, the largest B2B provider of global, licensed digital music and related data to streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores, and more. Miller has over 25 years of music industry experience; most recently he was acting as an advisor to MakeMusic, developers of Finale music notation software as head of content strategy and advanced technology.

“Larry brings an incredible depth of experience to MediaNet, having been involved in some of the earliest experiments with the digital distribution of music at a2bMusic and Reciprocal, to running the extremely successful indie label and music publisher, Or Music, as well as his extensive consulting work,” said Johnson. “Larry is one of the most well-regarded executives in the industry, and I look forward to working with him closely as we continue to expand MediaNet’s position as the leading B2B supplier of global digital music rights.”

“It is amazing to think that back in 1999, a2b music showcased about 5 songs that could be downloaded. Now MediaNet offers over 25 million tracks worldwide, and can handle everything from licensing, metadata, and royalty payments, to customer transaction processing and subscription information,” said Miller. “I’m excited to join with Frank and his team at MediaNet in finding ways to offer even more services to its current clients while expanding its global business.”

A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Business School, Miller (photo here) got his start in the radio industry, serving as the first Production Manager for Z-100 in New York, which became one of the most successful radio startups ever when it reached #1 in the country’s most competitive markets within 72 days of signing on. He then moved up the ranks at NBC Radio Entertainment in various senior advertising sales and affiliate relations positions before moving into television at Tribune Broadcasting in 1990 as Creative Director. In 1995, he joined AT&T Labs Research, and while there co-founded a2b music, one of the first digital download service providers, and served as its Chief Operating Officer. In 1999, Miller spearheaded the spinout of a2b music to Reciprocal, which he then joined as President. In 2001, Miller engineered Reciprocal’s sale to Microsoft.

In 2002, Miller co-founded record label and music publisher, Or Music, and led the company as its CEO. During his time there, the company signed and developed a strong slate of multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning artists that included Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu. In 2006, he sold the company to SonyBMG and became Media & Entertainment Partner at LEK Consulting, a $250 million data-driven global strategy consulting firm. There, he established the firm’s New York-based practice and provided growth strategy and M&A/transaction advice to clients in the media, entertainment, and technology industries.

Now, in addition to his position at MediaNet, Miller is also an Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the NYU-Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts and previously served as a mentor in the Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School. Miller resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

About MediaNet

Launched in 2001 as one of the first online music services, MediaNet ( maintains the largest B2B rights-managed catalog of digital music in the world, with more than 25 million tracks available to power streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores and more. MediaNet offers customized solutions for global music services as well as turnkey solutions for small companies looking to launch their business quickly and cost effectively.

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