SXSW 2014: Ken Abdo, Vice President at Lommen Abdo

Andrea Leonelli from Digital Music Trends interviews Ken Abdo from Lommen Abdo.

Timeline:

01:00: What’s your background?
01:45 How was the experience of building an entertainment law firm in Minneapolis?
03:00 How much focus do you place on digital in the firm?
04:10 What’s your attitude when negotiating digital royalty rates for new artists and how does that differ from heritage artists?
05:30  Your panel is about interactive music applications, have you seen anything exciting in this space recently?
07:00 Are you seeing new types of licenses coming through to standardise licensing of music for interactive uses?
09:30 Is the wider integration of streaming services APIs into third party apps going to lead to more “interactive” uses of the music and how will the industry react?
11:20 We’ve seen Beats Music come to market with a fixed rate for all rights holders, could this be adopted by more companies going forward?
12:30 Talking about rates, we’ve been talking about the rates saga currently ongoing in US courts, what’s your take?

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