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First Friday Playlist: Muserk’s Justin Ahmanson

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This month’s “First Friday” Spotify playlist comes from Justin Ahmanson: Hi I’m Justin Ahmanson, and I’m a software developer here at Muserk. I’m also an active guitarist/singer-songwriter (or at least I was before the pandemic). With the anticipation of live music coming back soon, my playlist is testament to some of my favorite live performances by bands and artists that have...

Cattle Not Pets

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When I first heard the term “cattle not pets” it was the perfect metaphor to describe a concept I had always been aware of when developing for the cloud, but never had the words to describe. The idea that you should remove individuality from your cloud infrastructure and treat your resources as nameless and dynamic like cattle. Resources come and go all the time so there is no time to...

Product Innovation In Music

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When we think of product innovation in the music industry, much of the focus centers on new ways to create music and new ways for fans to consume it.  As far back as piano rolls, the idea of having a machine play your favorite music in your own home was amazing, this iterated into piano rolls and player modules that better captured and reproduced the nuances of a better performance (eg...

YouTube Accrued Royalties Program 2021

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The 2021 claiming window for the YouTube Accrued Royalties Program is well underway. At the beginning of this year – and every year since 2017 – Muserk began the process of claiming sound recordings on YouTube that have generated royalties but are being held for unknown copyright holders. These royalties are now awaiting a link from a rightful owner. Even though YouTube delivered its...

First Friday Playlist: Muserk’s Colin Moriarty

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As a company, Muserk wants to showcase the people that make us who we are. The reason we all work so hard here at Muserk every day is, of course, because of the music and the artists that make it. Thus, every first Friday of the month, we'll be spotlighting an employee and the music they love via a "First Fridays" Spotify playlist. First up is Colin Moriarty - Rights Administrator:

Tornadoes, Rescue Dogs and Rights Management; Why this New Yorker made the move to Nashville

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I grew up singing; theaters, retirement communities, Monday night open mic’s, and anywhere that would have me. As I got older, I learned that I was pretty good at being a musician, but terrible at being an artist so I moved to New York City to pursue a career in songwriting. Of course, this meant waiting tables during the day and going to shows/writing at night. Before I lived in New York...

Thoughts from a Working Musician In Nashville

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“Nashville has a long history of songwriting.” This was something that I heard over and over when I moved here in the fall of 2017. At the time, I didn’t understand that this statement was actually an insight into how the music industry operates. To me, the word “songwriter” wasn’t much different from the word “artist” or “musician.” I had grown up playing songs by my favorite artists as well as...

Update: Working as a Distributed team

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It has been a wild few months here at Muserk. We've onboarded some major players as customers, started a joint venture in Japan to combat piracy, and successfully executed our largest payout to date. To say things have been moving fast would be an understatement. Taking on this rapid growth as a distributed team has been its own effort so we wanted to check in and give an update on some things...

The Math of Matching – Part 1

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Streaming music leaves rights owners - particularly the publisher, society, composer, author groups - with two major challenges. The Digital Service Providers (DSP’s) like Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, etc, can send anywhere from 1.5 to 5 million different tracks in a monthly usage report resulting in a massive volume of data to process

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