The COVID-19 lockdowns around the world have caused an increase in online activity and a surge in music piracy. The issue of DJs sourcing tracks from pirate subscription download sites is a particular problem which takes away vital income from artists and the music supply chain from retailers, distributors, labels, publishers and artist managers.
We want to help AFEM members tackle this issue and recommend a number of strong options to engage with:
AFEM Working With MUSO For Anti-Piracy Support in 2020
AFEM will be working with MUSO as an anti-piracy partner for 2020 to provide advice and significant discounts on anti-piracy services for members to help ensure revenue streams for electronic music creators and rights holders are maximised and the pirate operators are disrupted. Further details click here
To report a pirate site or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Muso direct at email@example.com
The Music Mission
AFEM fully supports The Music Mission initiative set up by AudioLock and Label Worx and we encourage you to engage with this to create a critical mass of rightsholders to enable a collective approach to tackle pirate download stores, many of which go to great lengths to appear to be legitimate. This initiative presents a new collective angle to pirate site disruption and in the first instance simply requires you to sign up and support here
AFEM Approved DJ Download Sites
In an attempt to disrupt pirate sites and highlight legitimate electronic music download stores to consumers, we have issued the following ‘AFEM Approved’ seal to a number of DJ-focused online retailers.
The AFEM approved seal has been adopted and deployed by leading download stores like Beatport, Traxsource, Juno and many others. Full details of approved seal stores here.