Indie distribution company Merlin recently partnered with the startup rights clearance company Dubset. Dubset’s MixScan technology identifies songs used in DJ Mixes and enables artists to earn royalties when a remix of their song is played. Merlin is a global music rights agency that represents some of the worlds top independent artists.
Not only will Merlin’s rights holders earn royalties, this merger will help expand the music library for dubstep. According to The Verge Sony became the first music label to agree to this deal.
Dubset is a company whose company motto is, “making mix and remix distribution simple and legal”. They offer a unique innovative marketplace for musicians, labels, publishers, and distribution companies. Dubstet aims to make it easier for artists to clear samples while helping ensure that artists retain their rights and receive proper royalties.
The arrangement is simple and precise. Producers and DJs upload their tracks to the MixBANK platform, then Dubset releases the tracks. Once uploaded to the platform, the track can then be played on streaming services. The monitoring services ensure that artists will receive royalties when their songs or remixes of their songs are played.
Under the new agreement, Merlin member’s catalogs will be identified for use and they will immediately be able to manage, monitor and modify their individual recordings usage. Dubset’s MixBank is already is used by many an increasingly large amount of major music services. Currently, thousands of artists and labels are using Dubsets’s MixBANK to monitor and monetize the usage of their remixes. As according to the Merlin website, the deal will expand MixBank Catalog to over 30 million tracks.
Chief Strategy Officer Bob Barbiere is also the SVP Licensing of Dubset. According to Merlin Network’s website, he recently stated, “A large percentage of the content MixBANK is scanning each day comes from Merlin member labels. This partnership will have a pronounced impact on the amount of content Dubset will now clear and distribute to music services for consumers.”