Digital music licensing may have just got a lot easier in Germany, a market where new business models are notoriously hard to get off the ground. Collecting society GEMA has reached an agreement with technology body BITKOM, agreeing standard rates for downloads and streaming services. The latter will pay between €0.75 and €1.25 a month per user. “This agreement is an important step for the digital future of the German music-industry,” Simfy MD Gerrit Schumann tells Billboard. “It will open up the market and will stimulate the business.” Other industry figures predict that the deal could finally show a model for a settlement between GEMA and YouTube in their long-running licensing row. However, as a streaming video service, YouTube is not covered specifically by this agreement.

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