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Music Mind Exchange will be hosting a secret invite only event at the world famous Great Escape Festival in Brighton. The event will not appear on the convention programming and is open to only a selected few and in association with The Great Escape management and Team.

The MME team will be giving away a limited 40 gold cards to delegates of The Great Escape to the Friday panel at a secret location.

Please respond via the email address below, stating your name and position, email and mobile number to be shortlisted. Each gold card holder can bring one person with them, again the guest must hold a full delegate pass for The Great Escape.


The panel will be curated and chaired by Danny Mac and Chris Cooke like all previous MME events.

“Why Pay More For Cloud Storage?” will be the topic of the event and the panel will discuss the recent events surrounding the licensing issues regarding the locker services being launched by Amazon, Google, and Apple. Music Mind Exchange asks; Will this stifle innovation? Add to the on going issues of piracy? Or, a second taxation in licensing terms?

We are looking forward to our expert panel dissecting the issues and delivering some solutions to the issues on May 13 2011.

Here are some of the recent stories doing the rounds….

Amazon sends letter to labels over cloud player

Amazon have sent a letter to the major record companies that could have been titled “please don’t sue us, pretty please, go on, leave it alone, you know want to”. Or perhaps “don’t you dare sue us you fuckers, cos the law is on our side thank you very muchos”. Read more here…

Dear Labels, Go F**k Yourself. Love, Amazon…

“We don’t believe we need licenses to store the customers’ files. We look at it the same way as if someone bought an external hard drive and copy files on there for backup.” Read more here…

Behind The Scenes: Record Label Demands From Amazon

To combat this they want only songs with digital receipts to be able to added to lockers. For some time UMG has been demanding that online music retailers embed personal information in every song they sell. They call it UITS. iTunes has been inserting email addresses into every song while other retailers like Napster are using a unique receipt number. (Techcrunch first wrote about Dirty MP3s a year ago and how these might be used by future cloud services.) Read more here…

We will be announcing the panel line up over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

For further information and delegate passes click here…

You can access the The Great Escape programme as a PDF here…

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