April 2014

AudioLock Host Digital Stand at AIM’s Music Connected, 30th April 2014

For the forth consecutive year AIM’s flagship industry event will see AudioLock host a stand in the Digital Market Place.

Now in its twelfth year, Music Connected 2014 – the UK’s leading digital music conference – returns on Wednesday 30th April, as leading labels and music companies descend on historic Glaziers Hall to meet the key players in UK digital music.

Always a sell out event, AudioLock are pleased to be again be hosting a stand alongside their integration partners Ci and SynchTank with the likes of Believe Digital, YouTube, SoundCloud and Nokia also present.

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AudioLock’s Founder and CEO Ben Rush, with the company’s Business Development and Marketing Manager Tristan Hunt and Business Development Executive Jon Tufnell will be on hand to answer questions on music piracy and will be giving away free advice on how it can be combated effectively.

 

Judge Jules becomes anti-piracy ambassador

Judge Jules has become a leading ambassador in the fight against commercial music piracy.Judge-Jules-AudioLock

The acceptance of this position with leading music anti-piracy company AudioLock follows a well-received panel on music piracy in which he participated with AudioLock at the inaugural Brighton Music Conference. The ex-Radio 1 DJ and lawyer (aka Jules O’Riordan) was joined by Simon Hills of Axtone Records (Axwell’s label) and Marcus Scott of Hyperdub.

Jules said: “Until I met AudioLock at the Brighton Music Conference I had no idea that this was how piracy worked. Labels and artists have to understand it is not fans or future fans sharing their music, but commercial companies exploiting their hard work for profit at their cost. If they understand this then they can do some simple things to protect themselves.”

Jules’s initial understanding of commercial piracy is not uncommon in an industry where many still believe piracy to be inevitable, and that it is just fans enthusiastically sharing music with one another. The reality is much starker. Music piracy is a huge and largely automated commercial venture where the operators illicitly profit from other peoples music. Whether you’re an unknown artist or Adele you’re ripped off in the same way.

Here’s AudioLock’s CEO and founder Ben Rush on how it works: “A pirate writes a simple automated program which will obtain the release as soon as it is available either through a download store or through what is known as a release site which provides access to promos before the release date. This program generates links to download the music from cyber lockers and then posts them on their own website, onto social media and music forums. Every click of these links generates money for the pirate and not just a small amount.

“Oboom, a new relatively new cyber locker offers the pirate uploader 50 euros for 1000 downloads of an album. Furthermore they also offer high revenue shares of premium subscribers. They make no mention of this on their web site which looks very professional but it is easy to find this information along with hundreds of other lockers offering deals on forums which are frequented by pirates.

“So let us assume a pirate downloads 25 releases per week and makes them into wav files and they get 500 downloads on each as an average. That is 625 euros or 32,500 euros a year.”

Judge Jules, or Jules O’Riordan as he’s now known as a lawyer at top music law firm Sherdans, joins the ranks of Hed Kandi’s founder and owner of the label Fierce Angel Mark Doyle and legendary chill out producer Steve Miller aka Subatomic, responsible for hits like Jakatta’s classic “American Dream” and the café del mar series as AudioLock Ambassadors. All three music industry figureheads are committed to educating the industry and helping stamp out commercial music piracy.

AudioLock at Miami Winter Music Conference 2014

AudioLock have just returned from an epic week catching up with our client’s at WMC 2014.

Attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors the heart of the Sunshine State saw some of the world’s best labels and artists fly in for scores of parties rocking across the city.

Now in it’s 29th year Miami WMC draws in cross genre artists covering everything from drum and bass and dubstep to every flavor of house music.

Passionate for our clients music, and never one’s to miss a great party, AudioLock dropped by a few of these gigs to catch up with those who’s releases we protect. Email and phone are great for keeping in touch but nothing beats meeting up face to face. May we say what a pleasure it was catching up in person with each and everyone of you!

Below are a few memories from the Miami good times:

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Toolroom Knights pool party at the Raleigh Hotel.

RAMiami at Mekka night club. Just flown in live and direct from the UK RAM Records label bosses Red One and Andy C just before Andy destroyed the Miami dance floor.

Anjuna Deep day party at Cafeina.

 

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Anjuna Deep party in motion; great venue, wicked tunes and crowd.

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Anjuna smashing it again, this time at the Raleigh hotel in their Anjuna Beats guise.

Anjuna’s Licensing Manager & Label Management / A&R main man Michael Farrell with AudioLock’s Tristan Hunt taking shade form the blazing sunshine.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to all those who invited us to their parties and made our Miami visit truly memorable. It was great spending time with you all and getting to properly catch up. Special thanks to Scott at RAM Records, Blaise at OWSLA, Brian and Sheldon at Traxsource, Mes at Guest House Music, Solarstone at Pure Trance, Michael at Anjuna Beats and Jamie at Toolroom. Look forward to seeing you all at IMS Ibiza in May. We’ll definitely back to Miami in 2015!