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dimanche 9 septembre 2018

OUT NOW - AN EARLY BIRD - “Till Dawn” - Dead Bees recs. - Sept. 4th, 2018

An Early Bird: new single out on Dead Bees records

Stefano De Stefano is An Early Bird, a songwriter based in Italy aimed to craft heartfelt songs for bold-hearted people.

His career started 10 years ago as frontman of the Italian indie band Pipers, who released 3 records that brought the band to the attention of NME, Rockol, Rai, XFM, Balcony Tv, MTV and Virgin Radio.

Along the years he's been playing across Italy & Europe, sharing the stage with some of the finest acts of britpop era: The Charlatans, Ian Brown, James Walsh & Starsailor, Ocean Colour Scene, Jake Bugg, Turin Brakes.

"Till Dawn" (out on Sept. 4th) is the third single off An Early Bird's debut album "Of Ghosts & Marvels", which is due for release on Dead Bees records on October 5th.

Till Dawn Official Video

SONG DOWNLOAD/STREAMING:
https://dgtl.deadbees.com/tilldawn

LINKS:
FACEBOOK
www.facebook.com/anearlybirdmusic
INSTAGRAM
www.instagram.com/anearlybirdofficial/
TWITTER
www.twitter.com/_anearlybird_

Recorded, mixed and produced in Venice by Andrea Liuzza.
Mastered by Aidan Foley at Masterlabs, Dublin.
Vocals, backing vocals, guitars, harmonica, dulcimer, acoustic piano by Stefano De Stefano.
Additional vocals, electric piano, strings arrangement, double bass, percussions and drums by Andrea Liuzza.
Artwork by Maria Ballarin for My Paper Tales.

lundi 21 mai 2018

GDPR - Everything You Always Wanted to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679


Effective 25 May 2018, this new European regulation will come into force in France, completing the French law N°78–17 of 6 January 1978, « Information Technology & Liberties » Law

“IT should be at the service of each citizen (…). It should not damage human identity, the rights of man, privacy, personal and public privacy rights.”

The aim of this new regulation is to preserve and guarantee these principles; and supply a clear framework for all involved. It is easier to ensure that these good practices are respected when they are embedded in clear directives that apply throughout the European Union.

I. What is meant by « Personal data »?

The CNIL considers a person to be identifiable when a file contains information enabling that person to be identified indirectly thanks to their address, IP, name, identity number, telephone number, photo, biometric print or any other type of information allowing a person to be singled out (place of residence, profession, gender, age…)

II. What does the text say ?

Two main objectives : reinforce citizens’ rights with respect to data processing and render companies who process data more accountable.

Rights defended by the text

- the right to oblivion: enabling citizens to ask for personal data to be deleted

- the right to data portability: consists in the ability to shift personal data from one place to another in a structured, widely used format so as not to be tied to a particular system

- the right to restriction: consists in the ability to request the suspension of data processing operations (and not deletion). Companies must therefore adapt their IT systems in order to stock data without the latter being processed or modified.

III. Complying with the Regulation

There are six key steps :

Stage 1: Appoint a Data Protection Officer

Appointing a Data Protection Officer for data protection is not mandatory for companies in the private sector. This depends on the type of business. If your activity is based on personal data, then a Data Protection Officer must be appointed. If personal data processing is a secondary activity in your business or represents small volumes, it is not necessary to appoint a DPO.

Stage 2: Personal Data Processing Mapping

Carry out an inventory to evaluate the quantity of data that your business processes itself or contracts out. Without a full inventory, it is impossible to evaluate the impact of the new regulation. The inventory is required by the CNIL under the denomination “processing register”.

Stage 3: Prioritization

The register also serves as a road map for the different tasks that need to be completed. Compliance priorities need to be evaluated according to the risks linked to the type of data collected and how they are processed.

Stage 4. Risk management

Nine risk criteria linked to data processing have been defined:

1. Evaluation or rating

2. Automated decision with legal or equivalent significant impact

3. Systematic surveillance

4. Sensitive or extremely private data

5. Personal data processed on a large scale

6. Cross-referencing the data

7. Data concerning vulnerable individuals

8. Innovative use or the application of new technological or organizational solutions

9. Withdrawal of the right to a benefit, a service or a contract

If the data processing operation corresponds to at least two of the above criteria, it is recommended that a Data Protection Impact Analysis be carried out. Proof of compliance with the regulation requires the preparation of records that should be kept updated.

Stage 5. Implementing internal processes

Protecting data effectively requires internal procedures to anticipate aleas: incidents, rectification requests, modifications, supplier changes…

Stage 6. Record-keeping

To prove compliance with the new regulation, records need to be kept and updated regularly.

IV. Impacts


Some examples :

Sending out newsletters

The rule is simple : the clear and explicit prior consent of the internaut to use his/her email address for marketing or commercial reasons is required. In addition, the internaut must be able to change his/her mind easily.

CRM & RGPD software : your software must be compliant

A CRM is a “data sub-contractor”. And your company is responsible for the data transmitted and also the responsible handling of these data by the CRM system in compliance with RGPD.

Measuring traffic requires consent of the visitor’s consent that can be withdrawn at any time

The pop-ups that are used on many websites, asking internauts to accept the use of cookies whilst they navigate on the sites, must be far more explicit. The internaut also reserves the right to withdraw his/her consent at any time.

Notify any violation of personal data

The new law requires official notification of any privacy/data breach to the control authority (ie. CNIL for France), within 72 hours.

Conclusion


Data processor any pretty much like robots according to Asimov:

A data processor may not injure any private data or, through inaction, allow any private data to come to harm.
A data processor must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A data processor must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Glossary:

GRDP = General Data Protection Regulation
DPO = Data Protection Officer
CNIL = Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (France governmental Commission)
CRM = Customer Relationship Management

GRDP Infography

vendredi 6 avril 2018

OUT NOW - AN EARLY BIRD - “Warning Signs” - Dead Bees recs. - April 6th, 2018

Artist : AN EARLY BIRD
Format: Digital
Release date : April 6th, 2018

An Early Bird - Warning Signs artwork by Maria Ballarin for
        My Paper Tales

Stefano De Stefano is An Early Bird, a songwriter based in Italy aimed to craft heartfelt songs for bold-hearted people.
His career started 10 years ago as frontman of the Italian indie band Pipers, who released 3 records that brought the band to the attention of NME, Rockol, Rai, XFM, Balcony Tv, MTV and Virgin Radio.

Along the years he's been playing across Italy & Europe, sharing the stage with some of the finest acts of britpop era: The Charlatans, Ian Brown, James Walsh & Starsailor, Ocean Colour Scene, Turin Brakes.

First album "Of Ghosts & Marvels", anticipated by the single "Warning Signs",is due for release this fall.

Video:
YOUTUBE
http://bit.ly/2E52c1d



RELEASE STREAM/DOWNLOAD
dgtl.deadbees.com

FACEBOOK
www.facebook.com/anearlybirdmusic
INSTAGRAM
www.instagram.com/anearlybirdofficial/
TWITTER
www.twitter.com/_anearlybird_

Recorded, mixed and produced in Venice by Andrea Liuzza.
Mastered by Aidan Foley at Masterlabs, Dublin.
Vocals, backing vocals, guitars, harmonica, dulcimer, acoustic piano by Stefano De Stefano.
Additional vocals, electric piano, strings arrangement, double bass, percussions and drums by Andrea Liuzza.
Artwork by Maria Ballarin for My Paper Tales.


lundi 19 septembre 2016

Why The Streaming Business Model Is Broken

Why The Streaming Business Model Is Broken

per stream revenue

So report are claiming more and more users are embracing the subscription streaming service. As a matter of fact, Spotify just passed the 40M milestone.
Should we actually celebrate? Is this good news for musicians, creators and all copyright holders? Or this just a revenue growth for Daniel Ek and his fellow startups moguls?

So here's the deal: streaming services are gaining more audience everyday, scoring more subscribers.

If the streaming business was just any business, this would make a great revenue raise for everyone involved, Daniel Ek, Spotify coding gnomes, you broadband provider, records labels, recording artists, songwriters...
But the music streaming business ain't any business. It's virtual. It's selling thing that don't even exist, but yet are available in countless supply. There's no selling out on music streams. As long as kids are hitting the "play" button, the services are delivering a fresh stream a music bytes. And all these are included in the user's plan.

That's the catch. Unlimited plans.

So here's some basic maths:
streaming revenue is fueled by ads and subscriptions - well, mostly subs, actually.
charges, on the other side are royalties and advances paid to distributors, labels, publishers... for each single stream.

Ever wondering which of those numbers are growing faster? Let's clear it out by making the per stream revenue breakdown over the past years.

per stream revenue

The streaming business model clearly fails to make profits from its tremendous audience acquisition.

The more people play stream, the smaller the piece of the pie to be shared with each copyright holder. The availability of unlimited streaming for subscription users makes it impossible to keep revenue in sync with spins.
The per-stream-revenue ratio keeps plunging down as more and more users make the jump and quit physical and even downloads to switch to streaming services. Even if a large fringe a them may subscribe to a plan, may it be Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer or Tidal, the revenue won't match the huge tidal wave of stream spins - over 200 billions as the industry expects for 2016.

This means that streaming services won't have any other options than lower the producers and publishers revenue shares. Who's gonna pay the price for this broken business model? Just as we feared, artists, creators... music makers.
Don't feel sorry about the big hit makers, they've got it all sorted, are getting paid advances when the regular guys get the dimes wired with a six months delay... and they will all needed support for the industry's big hot shot lawyers to negotiate guaranteed fees.

In the bottom line, the record industry of the digital age is just as evil as the old analog one: the chart winner takes it all!