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Blue2Digital, its agreements and consequences
Throughout the period 2012-2015 our company VIDYPS 79 d.o.o., headquartered in the Republic of Serbia (Europe), acted as a music distribution service on a link between its clients and the digital music platforms by enabling artists and labels to upload songs to digital audio stores and streaming services and/or music videos to digital streaming services.
VIDYPS 79 had a Membership Agreement with Merlin B.V. that stood for a "global digital rights agency for the world's independent label sector" based in the Netherlands (Europe). The digital platforms demanded that all the agreements and payments for the digital music sales be made through Merlin.
In 2012 VIDYPS 79 launched Blue2Digital, a highly successful digital music distribution service. It operated flawlessly all the way up until April 2015, when one of the most respected New York based music video services, Vevo, started sending us the delayed royalty reports that did not reflect the actual number of views generated from the videos owned by Blue2Digital's artists. We refused to send such doctored reports over to our clients and insisted on getting genuine and properly revised data. About a month later, as apparently being unable to act on a fair and professional basis, Vevo took down the videos distributed by Blue2Digital and kept them offline for two weeks. With the help of Merlin (they confiscated all the money VIDYPS 79 had with them) and a couple of scammers (who either were involved with initiating the issue, or came up as a consequence), Vevo aborted any further payments to VIDYPS 79 having left an enormous debt of hundreds of thousands of dollars unpaid to our company and its clients.
The very most of Blue2Digital's artists whose videos were taken down from Vevo were registered in the United States. Vevo has never come out with an official explanation on this issue and never offered any compensation. Every effort we made to reach an agreement and settle the matter was arrogantly ignored.
Finally, on August 30, 2017 and November 15, 2017 the aforementioned companies and scammers were reported to the IC3 via WWW.IC3.GOV.
Shortly after the submission of our report, on December 15, 2017 Vevo's board of directors announced a "leadership transition at the world's leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform". Erik Huggers, Vevo's President and CEO since 2015, had decided to step down to "pursue new opportunities".
Expectedly, on May 24, 2018 Vevo announced "changes to its owned and operated platforms" which resulted in Vevo shutting down its video-hosting service.
RECOMMENDED ARTICLES:
.:: Introduction: Scammers in the music industry
.:: Why did VEVO actually shut down its on demand video streaming website and apps?
.:: Should we expect the Government to address issues related to one's fraudulent activity?
.:: Meet the guys from New York who fabricate invoices, court decisions, official corporate, federal, state and court documents
.:: Meet the New York based company suspected of an unauthorized use of around 1,000 music videos on Vevo
.:: Merlin Network - Are they intent on taking the control of the flow of revenues shared between the music platforms, indie artists and labels?
.:: Meet the guys from New York suspected of misinforming their clients on the actual status of resellers indirectly distributing videos to Vevo, submission of incorrect information and making promises about guaranteed numbers of views during the period 2014-2015
.:: How a joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group used to treat its clients
.:: The mystery of a letter allegedly written by a New York law firm partner in October 2015
.:: Complaint against TD Bank related to approving a wire transfer fraud
.:: Complaint against JPMorgan Chase Bank related to approving a wire transfer fraud
.:: Meet the first Assamese singer who faked tens of millions of views on Vevo
.:: Is it possible to report cybercrime in India or not?
.:: A letter to Blue2Digital clients regarding the issue with Vevo
.:: Then and now: The reasons why you should not send your video to Vevo anymore
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