Data Ownership

Solomon Ears

Innovation for the music industry

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What is the solution you are building and how is it addressing the problem?

With Solomon Ears, we will be in a vantage position to actually “listen” to every song and music playing in real time anywhere in the world. And by listening we mean tracking their unique identification footprint created by Solomon Ears’ powerful algorithms. This way, the players in the music industry will have access to unique data about the performance of their own products but also the performance and market penetration of the products of their competitors. Taking into consideration in the meantime also the illegally downloaded or otherwise unaccounted for music, in order to fine tune their strategies. Labels and distributors will extract much better results and conclusions in real time without the involvement of expensive third parties with a time lag of months or even years. Artists will know where their top music is spiking and so, they will be better and more accurately involved with their fan base. A variety of insights tailored for every need based on subscriptions or by the piece in form of bespoke reports far better than the tools music industry have in its disposal today and in most cases, much more affordable compared to the mediocre tools of today. Solomon Ears will offer transparency and efficiency in the music industry, in order to create, from scratch, the democratic environment in music royalties distribution. Copyright collectives and streaming services will benefit from Solomon Ears in order to extract secure and transparent data about royalties bestowal and artist remuneration. Solomon Ears will monitor every place on earth playing music in an automatic and much more productive way decoupling along the way the need of anti-piracy measures and policies simply because every piece of music performed will generate revenue, irrespective of whether it has been legally acquired or not. BitTorrent, Pirate Bay even Napster will have their revenge; because Solomon Ears will put music piracy out of business.

Describe how the OriginTrail protocol fits in with your solution architecture?

How the OriginTrail protocol fits in with Solomon Ears' architecture is a highly technical aspect that an application form is not probably the right place to start talking about. We will be more than happy to meet with you guys and talk over this and other aspects of our solution.

What are your relevant previous achievements?

Architect Dimitris Petrotos is the founder of Solomon Ears and multi-awarded inventor by prestigious institutions like ETH-Zurich and MIT-Cambridge and the Technical Chamber of Greece among others. Last year, he was nominated for innovator of the year 2018 at the European Leadership Awards and this year is a candidate for the upcoming Obama Foundation Fellowship that supports outstanding civic innovators.

Describe your previous experience with the OriginTrail protocol.

No experience

Describe the problem you are solving.

Music recording labels, distributors and streaming services would love to track their products when performed publicly. They do it the wrong way though. They try to track them through the volume of sales, the number of downloads or even the number of plays and they fail to trace back the actual use of these products mostly when commercial usage is involved, which is often misused instead with the usage of music for personal recreation. Moreover, they are not capable of tracking down the actual potential of such products simply because those key players in the music industry don’t have a secure and fail-proof system to monitor performance and market penetration. They are basing their assumptions on radio charts, billboards and sales; the most obsolete and questionable measuring tools of all time. The main players in the music industry don’t actually know where, geographically, their products are consumed or what time of the day or what day of the week or how many times again and again.

How do you plan to scale your idea?

We are set to launch our pilot once we have secured our fist seed money. Then, we are planning to implement the Solomon Ears grid in Greece and then in Israel. After that, we will launch in the UK, starting from Oxford and moving outward. Then we will reach the copyright collectives in the US and EU. This is an area that we will strongly benefit from the support and knowledge of your community. Scaling up is not necessarily getting bigger. There are tons of details that we need to stir out.

Why should OriginTrail and our community choose your idea amongst others?

But, we also have a clear vision for tomorrow! We can see the Solomon Ears technology and our vast infrastructure 10 years from now also being implemented in personal devices, as well. This will be quite an achievement. Anyone will be free to download any music he wants, for free. Piracy will lose it's meaning because remuneration will be based on the actual ""consumption"" and not on assumptions. The music industry will be, at last, DEMOCRATIZED!! With Music Modernization Act in the USA, passed as a law just few days ago, and articles 11 and 13 in Europe, the stars are aligning for a better and simpler tomorrow for the music industry. This tomorrow starts today with Solomon Ears and OriginTrail will be in the front seat.