November 5th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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SoundCloud announced its first licensing deal with a major label yesterday, as well as its plans to launch a subscription streaming service in the first half of 2015. Unsurprisingly, it’s a deal that...

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October 29th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

When indie licensing agency Merlin struck a direct deal with Pandora in August, the company said it was “a hugely important opportunity to increase our members’ revenues”. Yesterday, though, the...

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October 15th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Publisher Sony/ATV has already signalled its willingness to withdraw from collecting societies BMI and ASCAP in order to negotiate deals directly with digital music services like Pandora. An attempt to...

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August 11th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Amazon's war of words with book publisher Hachette has stepped up a notch in recent days, with an open letter signed by authors provoking further communications from both companies. It's safe to say neither...

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July 30th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed copyright infringement lawsuits against two big lyrics websites, SeekLyrics and LyricsTime. It’s the latest step in the body’s...

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July 21st, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich...

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July 8th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

London-based music lawyer Gregor Pryor has negotiated licensing deals for a number of digital music services, so scores highly on the dirt / buried bodies knowledge scale. His op-ed piece for Music Week...

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July 4th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Having been criticised as the most high-profile unlicensed lyrics website last year, Rap Genius has been striking a series of deals with publishers – the latest of which is Warner/Chappell Music. Announced...

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June 18th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich...

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