Aurous Founder Tells the Music Industry to Go F*%k Itself…

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It’s not the ‘Popcorn Time for Music’ but it does use BitTorrent.  It doesn’t need licenses because it’s all APIs.  And it won’t pay artists because that part comes later.  Make sense?  Here’s Aurous founder Andrew Sampson, in a recent interview with Billboard

Billboard: How will [Aurous] pay rights holders? Are you planning on securing licensing deals?

Sampson: Not at this moment… We don’t plan on going after licensing deals, we use those third party APIs, so we would just be re-licensing that data.

Billboard: If you were to receive a cease-and-desist, what would your reaction be?

Sampson: Ignore it. If someone asked us to shut down our service over one song, we wouldn’t.  If someone were to approach us about a pre-release album being available, we would be obliged to help them remove that.

Billboard: Music Messenger used publicly available APIs following a significant investment — and is no longer available.

Sampson: To that I have to say: Major labels need to adopt to new standards. They are free to use our content identification system, when it’s released

The complete interview is here.


Top image isn’t actually Andrew Sampson, just some guy flipping somebody off.  Shot by Gregg O’Connell, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0)

10 Responses

  1. Amyt

    It’s ok for him to not pay the artists and content owners directly because there would be an option to “tip” artists in bitcoin within his app. We are all about to get RICH I tell ya. /s

    • Paul Resnikoff


      Forget touring. Bitcoin tip -jarring was that real solution all along!

      Which brings me to Blockchain….

    • Paul Resnikoff


      Forget touring. Bitcoin tip -jarring was the real solution all along!

      Which brings me to Blockchain….

  2. Remi Swierczek

    We need virtual farmer who will enter gardens of Eden and weed-out WIMPO-NERDS out of labels!
    There is $200B of obvious to an imbecile music out there.
    If Mr. Grainge and Mr. Morris does not see that they should go. Also wondering how Blavatnik made his billions!

  3. GuitarSlinger

    We’re pulling content from sources that are licensed. From a legal standpoint, what we’re doing is okay. All files are streamed from legitimate sources — we don’t host anything. We only share chached results over peer-to-peer.

    So, the entire premise of the service is to use APIs in a way that does – or should – violate the terms of service?

    Pulling from YouTube-dl means the artist gets a play but is not eligible for compensation. That’s a loophole. It’s questionable in legality.

    And we offer the ability to edit audio files live.

    Now you’re playing with fire, because to do so means there’s some kind of cached data being involved…at the minimum, this is infringing on the notion of “derivative works” protected by copyright.

    You know who else liked to brag about their playlist service? Grooveshark. For a smart guy, Andrew should probably put some more thought into things.

    The unreliability of other existing platforms. Pandora one weekend refused to load songs while I was on a road strip. So I switched to Spotify and they served me ads I wasn’t interested in.

    So your motivation was pure selfishness and being too cheap to purchase music? Really. That’s…not cool…

  4. Rick Shaw

    Hasn’t that been the message from record labels to disgruntled artists for decades?

  5. RobFil

    I believe he honestly does not understand the questions that are being asked. He comes from a world where the existence of platforms and API’s means access, and with that “must” come an implicit legality. Trying to explain the notion of performing rights, for example, would be a complete waste of time.

  6. John Keller

    Hopefully the diaRIAA’s lawsuit news coverage will cause ten million people to download Aurous within two weeks. LOL.

    • Anonymous

      I also hope 10 million numbskulls download this bloated piece of malware. They’ll deserve what they get.

    • GuitarSlinger

      Yeah me too, that way after the major labels effectively bankrupt him and get ahold of his developer machine and get to watch, then they can pound him for even more fines. I don’t even like the RIAA, so the fact I think that cheap little weasel deserves a good skinning should tell you a lot about what I think of him. What an arrogant knob.