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Paul Sanders is the founder of the state51 Conspiracy, an independent music company, and CI, which provides a connected digital media platform to record labels and music distributors. He has been working in digital music since 1991, focused on bringing innovation and technology into the marketing and delivery of music.

YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

Yet another argument has brewed up between independent record companies and a wholesale customer, in this case YouTube. The accusation, that YouTube had given the major labels better terms than they were offering indies, was wearyingly familiar; as was YouTube’s reported response. That response was an offer of “take it or leave …
Paul Sanders, 23 Jun 2014
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Why Bono is wrong about filesharing

Music entrepreneur Paul Sanders thinks Bono is wrong, and the music business should start being a music business again. We invited him to elaborate. At a conference a few years ago IFPI Chairman John Kennedy said he had 'no problem' with China's approach to managing its citizens' use of the internet. It stuck in my mind for …
Paul Sanders, 20 Jan 2010
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The music biz's digital flops - a short history

Since the record industry first noticed that some of the kids were using the internet in the mid-90s, it's flopped from one puddle to the next. Despite a desperate need to evolve - guys, the pond is drying up, do try to breathe - recording industry strategy has flopped from one muddy puddle to the next, and a muddy puddle is …
Paul Sanders, 26 May 2008
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Don't shed any tears for Pandora

So 2008 brings another battle in the war over the value of music. As an ordinary Pandora member, I received a very disappointing email yesterday morning. But as a rights owner myself (the state51 conspiracy includes about 70 incredibly great indie labels, and does digital licensing and distribution) I found it perhaps a little …
Paul Sanders, 10 Jan 2008