AIM partners with Muso to offer free-to-member digital piracy service (exclusive to AIM members)


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AIM partners with MUSO as independent sector gains access to bespoke digital piracy protection service

AIM rightsholder members (independent labels and self-releasing artists) will receive access to a new, free-to-member digital piracy protection service, developed by anti-piracy specialists MUSO, that will enable them to monitor their own content and automatically have pirated and unlicensed content removed from the Internet, giving them far more control of where their content appears online.

Key features of this new service include:

  • content protection
  • automatic takedowns
  • an online dashboard that will allow content owners to see all piracy protection activity for their content.

The new initiative was formally launched at AIM’s ‘Music Connected’, the UK’s biggest digital music conference, which took place in London on Friday 20th April.

In 2017 MUSO’s monitoring saw 73.9 billion visits to music piracy websites – a 14.7 percent increase from 2016 – proving that digital piracy remains a problem for the music industry despite significant anti-piracy litigation. Over 16 billion pages were scanned by MUSO to protect digital content from piracy by automatically removing infringing content and search results.

Andy Chatterley, co-founder and CEO, MUSO said,“The impact on independent music businesses can be particularly hard without a consistent mechanism to remove unlicensed content from the Internet. We are therefore delighted to be partnering with AIM to provide a new free-to-label digital anti-piracy service.”

Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM said,“We can all agree that music piracy remains contentious and protection has been a historically difficult area. MUSO is at the forefront of digital piracy protection and are experts in the business intelligence insights that can be gleaned from it. This new partnership gives our rightsholder members access to a highly sophisticated anti-piracy solution, free at the point of access, and allows them oversight of their online content and piracy activity. Pirates steal both money and consumer data with no return for artists. This service will allow AIM Members to focus on the very positive relationships between artists and their fans by cutting out the pirates and is a huge win for us all.”

AIM members can sign up by contacting: antipiracy@musicindie.com.

Those wanting to find out more about the benefits of AIM membership can contact: jude@musicindie.com.

About AIM

AIM is the not-for-profit trade body established in 1999 to represent the UK’s independent music industry. Now in its 18th year, AIM acts for over 90% of the independent market, with over 800 members from small start-ups and self-releasing artists to the largest and most respected independents in the world.   AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally, enabling its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.  In addition to the crucial role AIM plays in advocacy and lobbying for the independent sector, AIM makes a daily difference to the businesses of members by providing advice, training and business support to ensure members have the knowledge, skills and contacts needed to succeed.

Artists signed to AIM member labels include: Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Billy Bragg, Bjork, Bon Iver, Bonobo, Cancer Bats, Christine and the Queens, Daughter, Enter Shikari, Father John Misty, FKA Twigs, Ghostpoet, Grimes, Hot Chip, Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, Jungle, Justice, Kate Tempest, Katie Melua, Lethal Bizzle, Madness, Major Lazer, The National, Novelist, Passenger, The Prodigy, Radiohead, Roots Manuva, The Strokes, Twin Atlantic, Underworld, Vampire Weekend, Villagers, The White Stripes, Wiley, Wild Beasts, The XX, Young Fathers and thousands of others.


About Muso

MUSO collects data from billions of piracy infringements every day to help entertainment companies and rights owners see a bigger picture. With an unrivalled data platform, digital content database covering 196 countries, millions of measured devices and billions of piracy pages continuously tracked, MUSO empowers entertainment companies and rights holders to win against digital piracy. Clients can easily discover the total extent of piracy using a unique data set and build better intelligence to protect their digital content more effectively, as well as connect with audiences to unlock new revenue streams.The company was founded in 2009 and headquartered in London to solve the growing market challenges from piracy and unlicensed consumption for anyone wanting to exploit their IP rights online, whether that’s music, film, TV, publishing or software. Since then, the company has experienced explosive growth in the entertainment sector and has since expanded with over 35 staff across offices in London, Paris, LA and Eastern Europe.