What was that old chestnut about music licensing bodies being too slow to ink deals with interesting new startups? Hot on the heels of ASCAP’s deal with Turntable.fm in the US, now BMI has announced its own licensing agreement with the brand new social music service. The deal was announced alongside BMI’s agreement with Spotify in the US, trumpeted by SVP Richard Conlon as “yet another step in our long tradition of breaking new ground in licensing music for digital distribution”. It’s fast work for Turntable.fm too, which launched to questions about whether its feature letting people upload their own MP3s to play to friends would be protected by the DMCA or not. BMI adds in its announcement that it tracked 1.6 billion performances on BMI-licensed websites in the second quarter of this year, and has now licensed more than 9,000 digital properties.

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