Depuis qu’ils ont obtenu 39 millions d’euros et une valorisation de €150 millions en décembre 2011, les dirigeants de SoundCloud Alex Ljung et Eric Wahlforss sont les dernières stars du web européen. Démarré à Stockholm comme un « Flickr de la musique », développé à Berlin où ils sont installés depuis 2007, incorporé à Londres, le projet est désormais financé par des fonds d’investissement américains – après s’être imposé comme le plus grand succès de la scène berlinoise. En 2012, SoundCloud, c’est 90 employés à Berlin, pour un cap de 10 millions d’utilisateurs franchi en janvier, contre 3 millions un an plus tôt...
Every day this week, we will be featuring portions of an interview that FMC’s Kristin Thomson conducted with Peter DiCola and Kembrew McLeod, co-authors of the recently-released book Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling (Duke University Press). Peter and Kembrew spent over five years pulling together the materials for this book, which details the development of the sample license clearance process through the eyes of musicians, rightsholders, attorneys, clearance experts and historians.
What can we say about a guy like Derek Webb? There’s no doubt that he lives up to his reputation as an agitator and disturber of the status quo—heck, that’s partly why we like him! But wait, Derek’s more than just a rabble-rouser. He’s intelligent; he knows how to get business done; he’s energetic and passionate; he’s… talkative? Yes, he is talkative, but we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our conversation with Derek. The wisdom he shared with us about making it in today’s music business was damn impressive—especially the story of how Noisetrade came about in a time when nobody was giving away music for free.
In the four years since CBS bought online radio service Last.fm, the site hasn’t changed radically. Now, however, the London-based music service is looking for its second act — and product chief Matthew Hawn tells GigaOM what that might mean.
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