US collecting society ASCAP has announced that it has a deal with hotly-tipped social music site “It’s great to see a tech start-up securing an ASCAP license from the outset, ensuring that songwriters, composers and publishers will be paid fairly if the site succeeds,” explains ASCAP’s director of marketing Jon Bahr in a blog post. “It will be interesting to follow the progress of as it gains mainstream awareness and maybe, just maybe, goes shoulder-to-shoulder with the big music services like Pandora and Spotify.” ASCAP announced a licensing deal with the latter last week, incidentally, as it launched in the US. A deal with ASCAP is a good start for, but it remains blocked to users outside North America, and it is unclear how far along (if at all) it is in negotiations with societies and rightsholders in Europe.

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