The Re-Intermediation of the Music Industries Value Chain: Market Definition, Streaming Gatekeepers and the Control of Data

Barr, K. , Eben, M. and Kretschmer, M. (2022) The Re-Intermediation of the Music Industries Value Chain: Market Definition, Streaming Gatekeepers and the Control of Data. Working Paper. UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre, Glasgow. (doi: 10.5281/zenodo.6394719).

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This submission responds to the Consultation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for its proposed market study on the ‘Music and streaming market’. Three key areas are identified that require particular attention: the definition of ‘music streaming market’, in particular understanding audio in a wider context, and where music streaming is a complementary but secondary component of business models; the relationships between self-release creators/micro-producers and music streaming services, in particular the role of established and new-entrant gatekeeping intermediaries, such as collective management organisations (CMOs) and artist and label (A&L) services; the control, interoperability and portability of data, in particular content identifiers, content metadata (such as ownership) and data associated with the digital identity of artists (such as their followers and other information about users and use). The Opinion draws on empirical research from legal and socio-cultural perspectives examining Intellectual Property issues in artist labour markets, along with research in the field of Competition Law in the context of multisided platforms.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Working Paper)
Additional Information:CREATe Working Paper 2022/04.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Eben, Dr Magali and Kretschmer, Professor Martin and Barr, Dr Kenneth
Authors: Barr, K., Eben, M., and Kretschmer, M.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Publisher:UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303123Centre of Excellence for Policy and Evidence in the Creative Industries (PEC)Martin KretschmerArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/S001298/1CREATe