Rebuilding the UK Digital Music Europe
A company in Europe that means to bring together different music streaming platforms is working on building the music industry back up. Digital Music Europe (DME) plans to create a unified voice between all the platforms to work on the policy-making environment regarding copyright, geo-blocking, online platforms, e-privacy, data transfers, digital contracts, and taxation. In an interview with Music Week, chair of DME and director of EU regulatory at Spotify, Olivia Regnier, spoke more on the business’ agenda, which also includes securing net neutrality.
The need for a company like DME has become almost a necessity. There is a growing interest in digital services as the EU progresses its digital market agenda. With many European companies contributing to this, they felt there was a need for their voices to be heard. So, Spotify took it upon themselves to work with other companies, including Deezer, to speak on European policies regarding the digital music market.
Olivia stated that a big part of DME’s agenda is to improve the visibility of digital services and work with policymakers to show how successful the business is regarding their innovation for the digital market. They want to contribute to issues regarding copyright and gain a licensing environment that will benefit to DME’s continuous development across Europe. Debates on open market’s and data are also a primary focus because streaming services rely heavily on data to enhance a customer’s experience.
DME has no current issues with the copyright reform, but are making sure their operations on the licensing side are not complicated further based on any new proposals.
A challenge streaming companies face is being able to operate in a fair environment without blockages on certain platforms where they connect with customers. DME plans to ensure there is no discrimination between the services as the Commission looks at and works on publishing fairer rules for online platforms.
YouTube has become a concern for the copyright reform as they don’t take proper licensing, creating outrage with rights holders. Currently, YouTube is not included in the streaming group due to the alliance being between European services only.
Rights holders have shown concern with streaming platforms in the past. Now though, the digital market has begun to adapt to a new business model by taking licenses with rights holders and having up-front negotiations to ensure more of a partnership. By instilling this new model, the DME plans to show how the digital market has grown now that consumers have embraced the change. If certain records are withheld from streaming, the company will work on the issue should it become a common concern for everyone.
Her final statements had also assured that companies involved in the Brexit will still have the possibility of joining as they don’t want to hold that issue against them.[Source]