November 13th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The drums are banging for the launch of YouTube’s long-anticipated subscription music service, and it seems that some of those will be indie drums after all. The Financial Times reported yesterday 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 18th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

News that former A2IM VP Jim Mahoney was leaving for a new job at Merlin leaked earlier this year, but it’s now been confirmed. He’ll head up the indie licensing agency’s new US office, working out...

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August 28th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Australia is currently one of the most crowded markets in the world for streaming music services, with 27 in operation. Well, make that 26: Songl is shutting down just 18 months after launching as a joint...

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August 6th, 2014 by Eamonn Forde

Pandora may not be flavour of the month (decade?) with all publishers and artists over its royalty rates, but it has just struck a direct licensing deal with Merlin, representing the independent label...

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July 21st, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Indie licensing agency Merlin has been conspicuously silent amid the recent storm about YouTube’s licensing negotiation tactics with independents – unsurprising, given that it remains at the negotiating...

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July 2nd, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

YouTube has become a popular whipping boy for music rightsholders in recent times, and Merlin CEO Charles Caldas didn’t spare Google’s video service in his keynote presentation at yesterday’s...

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June 20th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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With equity in Spotify and a willingness to speak out whenever it feels its membership is being disrespected by digital services, licensing agency Merlin is a long-time backer of streaming as a model that...

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June 17th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Indie licensing agency Merlin has been conspicuously silent amid the recent storm about YouTube’s licensing negotiation tactics with independents – unsurprising, given that it remains at the negotiating...

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