EMI Music Publishing has announced that it will now take direct responsibility for licensing the digital rights previously represented by ASCAP. Specifically, it’s the EMI April Music catalogue that is being taken back in-house digitally, meaning EMI Music Publishing will be licensing its rights for mechanical, performance AND sync online. “We are re-unifying the rights in many of the songs that we represent. That absolutely has to be in the interest of everybody involved in the process – songwriters, licensees and consumers alike,” says chairman and CEO Roger Faxon. Publishers have protested for some time about the perception that they are slow or unwilling to adapt to new digital business models and licensing opportunities, but EMI’s move is the latest sign of changes percolating through the publishing side of the industry. Source: Music Week

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