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Former Spotify and YouTube people among new hires at JAAK

By | Published on Friday 7 December 2018


London-based JAAK – a start-up business seeking to address the music industry’s big data problem with a funky blockchain solution – has made a number of new senior appointments, while revealing that it will release its first commercial product next year.

The new appointments include musician DA Wallach, who was previously Spotify’s Artist In Residence, and David King, who developed YouTube’s Content ID system, who will both advise the business moving forward.

Meanwhile Dom Lovett, formerly with Universal Music Publishing, joins the company in a full-time role as Head Of Music Copyright. Other new hires announced yesterday include Hari Ashurst-Venn, Alina Colceag, Samir Rashed and Philippe Rixhon.

Confirming all that, JAAK CEO Vaughn McKenzie-Landell said: “Tackling such a complex problem with new technology requires not just incredibly talented people but also voices, ideas, and experiences from businesses across the entire supply chain – including creators”.

“DA and David’s insight and experience increase the effectiveness of our efforts and the depth of our relationships”, he added. “Combined with Dom, Hari, Alina, Samir and Philippe, our team integrates deep expertise in rights administration, copyright policy, and creator services with digital infrastructure, royalty payments, content identification, distributed systems and product design”.

The company says that its first commercial product, due next year, will “lower the barriers to music innovation by simplifying the licensing and back-office processes for music rights holders and developers”.

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