The copyright problems facing the music industry
Copyright information is difficult to obtain due to it being siloed, inaccurate, inconsistent or unavailable. The music industry lacks a centralised copyright database and is controlled by record companies, which has led to debate on the fair, efficient and transparent distribution of royalties.
The complexity of music copyright means a song can have different rights, and multiple parties can own rights to it. The lack of an authoritative registry of music rights and licenses makes it hard for creators to protect their intellectual property and track usage of their works, leaving them unable to claim copyright infringement and resulting in lost revenue.
A distributed ledger of recording rights, contracts and royalty splits that provides a transparent record of music ownership.
A registration platform for handling payments and distributing royalties in various currencies.
An ecosystem for artistes and music industry players to collaborate and network.
What We Aim To Do
Musicians, fans and music industry professionals
We are established by a team with decades of collective experience across the recording, music copyrights, legal, fintech and banking industry in Asia.
Casey Ong has over 20 years of extensive management experience with leading MNCs and Pre-IPO Startups, with the likes of IBM, Oracle, Netscape, Hewlett Packard, Fantastic Corp, Siebel & ServiceSource. He has the experience of leading multinational sales team of over 100 professionals, delivering annual bookings in excess of US$300M across Asia Pacific He served as the Asia Pacific VP & GM for The Fantastic Corp, Switzerland , which develops and markets IP-based software for multimedia distribution for the Music, Media & Entertainment industry
Performed hands on leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Channels/Alliance Management and Consulting, in the technology space of Enterprise Systems Software, Enterprise Business Applications, e-Commerce, CRM, Data Analytics and Multi-Media Distribution Solutions for the Music, Media & Entertainment Industry.
Norman began his musical career in the 1960’s as lead guitarist for one of Hong Kong’s most popular pop groups, Teddy Robin and the Playboys. From this performing background, he scaled the heights of the recording industry to become one of the most influential music executives in Asia. Over the course of a multi-decade career, Cheng has been the Chairman of PolyGram Asia Pacific, Chairman of Universal Music in Asia, Chairman and CEO of EMI Recorded Music South East Asia with a role in overseeing Japan Toshiba-EMI music division and responsible for some of the biggest names in contemporary Chinese music - artists such as Jacky Cheung, the world's best-selling Chinese recording artist, Teresa Teng, the legendary Chinese diva, Canto-pop icons Sam Hui and Alan Tam and pianist Yundi Li, the China classical music prodigy. Norman's executive excellence and flair for discovering new talents and advancing/relaunching the career of established artists ensure that the companies he managed were in dominant position. In 1998, he received the inaugural Pioneer Award at the MTV/Billboard Asian Music Conference for his contributions to Asian Music. He was also the first Asian Chinese to oversee the Japanese operations of the major labels.
Norman quit working for the major labels in 2008 to run his own entertainment company, Typhoon Group, which worked in music production and music publishing, film investment, artist management, concert investment and new media development. In 2011, he sold his share in the successful Typhoon Group to Pacific Capital.
In 2018, he decided to invest in Spxtrum Pte Ltd , a blockchain platform for music and entertainment industry as he believed the platform will help rejuvenate the Asian market.
Tai Wah has been a serial entrepreneur in the music and entertainment media business for more than 30 years. Tai Wah understands the challenges in identifying, buying and payments for rights for producing music contents for media since the time he invested in a laser disc plant, then onto digital disc in his DVD plant and now onto vinyl record in his present vinyl pressing plant in Guangzhou, China. Tai Wah is knowledgeable in software programing, having set up a software house developing database solutions since the 80’. He is currently running a facility in Malaysia preparing and programing multimedia contents for large Hollywood studios for physical and digital deliveries. Tai Wah sees the employment of blockchain technologies as solving most of the shortcomings in the music industry and the opportunities in using decentralized bandwidth resources with advancement in compression technologies to disrupt the delivery of contents in the very near future.
Oscar wang is born to an entertainment family. Oscar continued to nurture his creativity with 5 years of training in fine arts sculpture and a degree in spatial design from Chelsea College of Art and Design. He has launched multiple companies including Studio Waffles, a design consultancy specializing in design, branding and marketing strategy. As a CCO of BRDN, Oscar leads a team to create the most compelling and resonant collaborations between celebrities and brands.
Co-Founder, Legal Advisor
Sherwin is a partner in TLB Law in Singapore and holds a Masters in Law (Distinction) in International Banking and Finance from the University College London. His postgraduate thesis on the theoretical perspectives of Securities Regulation in the United Kingdom was awarded with the highest Distinction.
During his years of legal practice, Sherwin has accumulated local and cross-border transactional experience in matters relating to securities regulation and licensing, capital markets regulation, corporate mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions, venture / private capital and strategic alliances.
Sherwin also regularly advises clients across the financial and emerging technologies space with specific experience and expertise in relation to distributed ledger technologies (DLT) and token generating events / ICOs / ITOs.
In relation to data privacy and the laws that underpin this, Sherwin considers himself to have expertise, having executed data audits and given talks and consultations on the application of the Personal Data Protection Act in Singapore.
Being an entrepreneur at heart, Sherwin regularly advises blockchain start-ups in their legal, tax and governance structuring as well as white paper architectural design. He sees the importance of being a part of the emerging blockchain regulatory landscape and the interplay of DLT with rights management.
VP, Business Development
Jean Peh has over 10 years of sales and marketing experience in the music, entertainment and media industries. Previously from MediaCorp Pte Ltd and HIM International Music, she has led teams in implementing marketing strategies and campaigns. She is well-versed in product branding, brand positioning, content marketing, public relations and online and offline marketing. An energetic and self-motivated individual, she has worked closely with product and sales teams, as well as external partners on branding activities aimed at building top-of- mind recall.
At Spxtrum, Jean conceptualises, develops and implements events with the objective of expanding into regional markets
CTO of Spxtrum Lab
Vu Thanh Do is the co-founder and CTO of Vinsofts JSC. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology and has worked for various MNCs in Vietnam. Thanh Do is excellent at Objective - C, swift, android, .Net, PHP, Ruby in rails, python, perl
Phuong Ngoc Bui was much influenced by his father, a famous flautist in Vietnam. Phuong graduated from Hanoi College of Art in Performing Arts and is much into sound recordings and studio designs. In his 14 years in the music industry, he continues to serve in the field of online music, entertainment and mobile apps development including, the first web-based online radio in Vietnam. He held multiple positions in copyright management organisations (CMO) including VCPMC, VIETTRO and APPA, in helping the collective licensing of music copyrights.
Max Cho 卓仲凱 is a highly motivated and results-driven professional with 10 years of experience in retail sales and team management. He has an outstanding track record in identifying opportunities for accelerated growth and achieving annual sales targets, negotiating and executing retail programs. A customer-focused individual adept at dealing with both customers and retail partners, he has solid leadership skills and has led and motivated teams across regions to accomplish goals.
Ran Neu-Ner is a born entrepreneur. Graduated from university with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Investment Management. Completed CFA Graduated: Masters Program @ Singularity University Current: Harvard OPM Founded The Creative Counsel in 2001, South Africa's leading activations agency with an annual turnover of $150 million. Joined the Young Presidents Organisation 2010, a global network of successful CEO’s, sharing learnings and ideas exchange where he is still an active member. He has also taken on an EXCO role for the Johannesburg City Chapter.His business acumen speaks for itself with his recent accolades, namely:
• 2013 ABSA - Young Achiever Award Unlisted Company Award - Business excellence & entrepreneurship
• 2014 CNBC All Africa Business Leader Award (AABLA) Southern Africa – Young Business Leader
• 2014 CNBC All Africa Business Leader Award (AABLA) Africa – Young Business Leader
• 2015 Sanlam Business Partner Entrepreneur of the Year
• 2015 Adfocus Industry Leaders Award
• 2016 National Business Awards Business Leader of the Year
• 2016 EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award Exceptional category
In 2015 Ran concluded the biggest business transaction in South Africa where he sold The Creative Counsel to a French owned international business, The Publicis Groupe for just over $150m. Ran has been a part of the Blockchain world since 2013 and has advised several projects. He is the founder of Onchain Capital, a Crypto Asset Fund and Advisory service.
In 2017 Ran’s launched the world’s first televised cryptocurrency show called Crypto Trader which is aired weekly on a Thursday night at 20:30 on CNBC Africa, DSTV channel 410. The show is the most viewed show on CNBC today.
Ran is also ranked in the top 10 most influential people in the Blockchain by Richtopia.
Industry Advisor for Asia
Mr Giouw Jui-chian is a former Asian regional director of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), and a founding director of The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Society Limited. A highly esteemed defender of music copyrights, he helped set up the IFPI China office and initiated hundreds of successful court actions against copyright infringers across Asia. He also introduced the usage of International Standard Recording Codes (IRSC) codes to industry and government bodies. Mr Giouw is currently a consultant to the Music Copyright Society of China and IFPI HK Group.
Industry Advisor for Europe
Nic Garnett is a consultant to leading international law firms specializing in copyright and technology law. He has had a stint at WIPO as a consultant and he served in various capacities in other rights management agencies.
● Nic is an experienced legal and business advisor in the fields of intellectual property law, rights management and digital media technology. He is an expert in the development of music copyright registries and understands the political, economic and legal challenges faces this space.
● From 2009 to 2013 he worked as lawyer in the United Kingdom principally advising the UK Government’s innovation agency on a variety of intellectual property projects.
● Prior to that he ran his own business consultancy in digital media for a number of years in Mountain View, California. There he advised numerous startups and established businesses in technology and copyright management strategies.
● Nic is also a former SVP at InterTrust Technologies in Santa Clara, California which is a leader in DRM technology.
● From 1992 to 1999 Nic was the Director General and CEO of IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), and before that, IFPI's Regional Director for South East Asia.
Nic has also worked with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for many years contributing to numerous meetings and conferences and writing a number of studies.
Blockchain Smart Contracts Advisor
Andras Kristof is CTO at Yojee and a blockchain and smart contract specialist. He often lectures on blockchain technology.
● Andras is a Hungarian entrepreneur and IT professional. He has almost 20 years of experience and a Masters Degree in Computer Science. As CTO of Yojee, he is responsible for development of their blockchain-based logistics solutions.
● He worked for and founded successful startups like Tembusu Terminals Pte Ltd and Homegrw.
Before arriving to Singapore, he traveled the world, lived and worked in the Netherlands, USA and Japan. Now he and his family are living here for the last 10 years, and call Singapore their home.
Industry Advisor for China
Ms. Wang Yan Dong works for Tenwell Law Firm in Beijing as partner and Director, focused on intellectual property rights.
● Ms. Wang is one of the first generation pioneers in China’s National Government for legislative affairs in the first and primary period of reform after the Cultural Revolution. Having accumulated over 20-years of legislation related work, Ms. Wang has participated in the drafting, consultation and modification over one hundred laws, regulations, rules, particularly in the Economic and Intellectual Property field.
● Ms Wang received her L.L.M in Beijing University. From 1979 to 1998, Ms Wang assumed official positions in the Economic Laws & Regulations Study Center of the State Council of China and has been Director of Intellectual Property (“IP”) Division under the Department of Education, Science, Culture and Health in Legal Affairs Office of the State Council of China.
● Additionally, Ms Wang worked as the Chief Representative & Lawyer at the Beijing Office of IFPI International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) from 1998 - 2003. During her experience at IFPI Beijing Office and Beijing Tenwell Law Firm, Ms. Wang acted as litigation counsel and advisor for members of IFPI, including global recording groups, such as Universal, Warner, Sony, BMG, EMI, representing them in more than 100 civil lawsuits relating to IP infringement in China.
Davis Pang is the CEO of Ultra Music Festival, China, that annually organizes a two-day electronic music festival as part of Ultra Music Festival’s worldwide expansion, which has now spread to twenty-three countries globally. The inaugural edition of Ultra China took place in Shanghai, China in September, 2017. into China.
He is also the Vice President of Lai Fung Group. For the past 10 over years, he has been in the real estate industry with experiences in Business Development, Retail/Commercial Real Estate Leasing, Operations and Marketing of properties in Shanghai with an annual turnover of 300,000,000 RMB. As an Advisor, Davis is integral in bringing in new clients and to expand the business
Blockchain Technical & Operations Advisor
Bill Claxton is a seasoned technology entrepreneur. He holds a certificate in BlockChain For Technical Executives and Analysts from B9Lab Academy in the UK and has spoken at various blockchain events. Bill, originally from San Francisco, has been active in the IT scene in Singapore for more than 20 years. He was an early Bitcoin investor and most recently served as Operations Director of fintech startup KYC Chain Ltd. He runs the blockchain startup advisory Ledgeris.
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