2015 has been an incredibly busy year for AudioLock, seeing us protect thousands of releases worldwide, from self releasing bedroom producers getting their first break through to chart topping albums from international household names.
The year kicked off with our 2nd bi-annual Music Piracy Prevention Forum. It was held in Shoreditch, London in conjunction with The Association of Independent Music (AIM) and focussed on providing information on the murky world of copyright infringement with free hints and tips for music rights holders to minimise their exposure to piracy and the launch of our Music Anti-Piracy Best Practice Guidelines. The Guidelines, the first of their kind, were endorsed by several key rights holders including the Association For Independent Music (AIM) and the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM).
In the spring we were delighted to protect the promo distribution and release of what became a UK number one album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ by The Prodigy. In that same period we also hit a huge milestone, removing our 20 millionth infringing link from Google’s search engine on behalf of our rights holders. The figure number of infringing links AudioLock’s automated system has now removed across Google is a staggering 38.5 million and rising!
As well as a growing client base we’re proud of the partnerships we have formed with distributors, trade bodies and music based brands in an effort to help educate the industry as well as protect it. 2015 saw AudioLock partner with the likes of ACS Custom, The Music Publisher’s Association (MPA), Southern Record Distribution, VUT (The German Association of Independent Music Comp.), Kontor New Media, Republic of Music and Redeye Worldwide with many more scheduled for 2016.
Carrying on the theme of education AudioLock’s CEO Ben Rush was on numerous panels this year including AIM’s Music Connected, the International Music Summit (IMS, Ibiza) and the Amsterdam Dance Event. This augmented the fantastic work done by new AudioLock Ambassadors Emika and Anna Wall plus longstanding Ambassadors like Judge Jules who appeared at a series of events and conferences including Data Summit 2015 and Music Connected discussing music piracy and knowledge sharing with fellow industry.
We had a great time meeting new clients and discussing our services at a series of events, festivals and trade shows this year including IMS, Reeperbahn, and Music Connected, The Great Escape and the Brighton Music Conference. This is in addition to countless informal networking and social events held by AIM, Believe, ASCAP and Impala.
As their Official Music Anti-Piracy Partner AudioLock has continued to work closely with the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) throughout the year and we’re very proud that our Director of Business Development, Tristan Hunt was elected onto the AFEM’s Executive Board with a view to providing insight from the perspective of new tech solutions and harm reduction in terms of policy in the dance music industry.
2016 promises to be a very important year for AudioLock with some extremely significant advances planned to help the music industry further gain the upper hand on music piracy. Watch this space for some big announcements in early Spring!
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year, we’ll see you in 2016!
(in the meantime we are always around if ever there’s anything we can do to help, simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org)