A discussion I had after a Nokia Music Connects session was a bit of a revelation about what music labels in India were doing to hold on to power. During the session on live streaming, I'd asked the labels on stage about why the music industry can't standardize licenses and allow startups to license musics easily and (I know this sounds cliched, but) let a thousand flowers bloom. A top music industry executive - the head of a copyright society, no less, walked up to me somewhat irked after the session. The executive pointedly explained why Flipkart's online music store Flyte was shut down: "You know what they were trying to do? Sameer Nigam and Jaidev Iyer (who were leading the effort from Flipkart's side) were trying to create a black box that would control us, control our distribution. How could we let…
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