A new foundation for the Music World

Owned and controlled by the musicians
The Muse Blockchain - A new Foundation for the Music World

One global copyright database

A single location to input all of your copyright information. Where every participant in a song (both the master recording side and the composition/publishing side) can build off of the data, creating a rich, transparent, trustworthy and constantly updating database. Businesses worldwide, from streaming platforms to music retail websites, will know exactly which copyright holders to pay (in real time!) by using the open data contained within Muse. Solving what we call the “Who to pay?” issue currently plaguing the music world.

Owned by musicians

Unlike other attempts at creating a database that keeps track of worldwide copyrights, the Muse Blockchain is not proprietary. It is an automated, globally distributed Peer-to-Peer network that isn’t under the control of any single individual person, corporation or government. Considered ownerless, Muse “belongs” to all its members (mostly musicians!) and is open for all to join.

The means of payment

Once it is known who needs to be paid for a piece of content, funds can travel through Muse directly and instantly to the copyright holders – Solving the “How to pay” issue. No one needs to collect royalties on behalf of the copyright holder (taking a fee along the way), a process that can often take months and is severely lacking in transparency. Recipients on Muse get paid directly, at the same speed it takes to receive an email – all without anyone taking a cut or charging transaction fees.

Automatic royalty payment split

Each song entry in the Muse database holds the information required to pay out the correct royalty recipients, whether they are individuals, corporations or royalty collection organizations. Incoming funds are instantly and automatically divided as instructed.

Simplified licensing

Having one central place to clear and pay for the right to use a song will greatly reduce the complexity of, and remove barriers for, licensees to purchase said rights. All of which greatly increases the revenue for licensors.

Royalties paid from Muse directly

Streaming platforms that have been voted in by Muse’s members get special privileges: Muse takes care of paying out royalties! Elected platforms publish usage data to Muse, allowing Muse to know exactly how many times each song was played and exactly how much in royalties each right holder is to be sent. In exchange for getting streaming platforms to act in a fully transparent manner (publishing their data on a permanent, immutable open/public database) and allowing for direct, instant payment of royalties, they get their main expense subsidized. The Muse system rewards good behavior. Think carrot, not stick

Global

Like the internet, it is not restricted to a specific country.

Distributed

Countless copies of the database exist everywhere

Automated

Software and cryptography do most of the heavy lifting.

Open

Membership is open to all.

Transparent

The data within Muse is open.

Permanent

The information on a Blockchain cannot be lost

Immutable

You can update the information but the history of all changes cannot be erased.

Ownerless

No single human, corporation or agency has complete control over the system

Flexible

The protocol can accommodate many types of business models.