Music 2025 – The Music Data Dilemma: Issues Facing the Music Industry in Improving Data Management

164 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2019

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Frank Lyons

Ulster University

Hyojung Sun

Ulster University

Dennis P Collopy

Music & Entertainment Industries Research Group

Kevin Curran

Ulster University

Paul Ohagan

Ulster University

Date Written: August 15, 2019

Abstract

The Intellectual Property framework is a crucial underpinning factor in the success of the UK’s creative industries. It provides rights owners and holders with the tools to promote and distribute creative content to the public and to receive remuneration and attribution in return. However, the advent of streaming and online distribution has posed a significant challenge for the management of repertoire and content attribution. This is due to unprecedented volumes of data being generated, divergent velocities across the data flow, exponential increases in the variety of data sources, a lack of confidence in the veracity of the information and difficulties with access. Additionally, inherited frameworks, which remain the backbone of the system, and which evolved to ensure that rights holders are effectively, efficiently and transparently remunerated, have increasingly been threatened by a range of competing, proprietary data protocols, introduced through disruptive innovation. Across the ecosystem as a whole, a divergence of standards has compounded problems. This multi-layered fragmentation of metadata and a preference for proprietary walled data silos, have inevitably undermined cross-system interoperability. These issues, and in particular their effects on the music industry, were pointed out in the Bazalgette Independent Review of the Creative Industries.

Keywords: blockchain, music, streaming, content attribution

Suggested Citation

Lyons, Frank and Sun, Hyojung and Collopy, Dennis P and Curran, Kevin and Ohagan, Paul, Music 2025 – The Music Data Dilemma: Issues Facing the Music Industry in Improving Data Management (August 15, 2019). Intellectual Property Office Research Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3437670 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3437670

Frank Lyons

Ulster University

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Hyojung Sun

Ulster University

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Dennis P Collopy (Contact Author)

Music & Entertainment Industries Research Group ( email )

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Kevin Curran

Ulster University

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Paul Ohagan

Ulster University ( email )

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Northern Ireland

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