Apple’s iTunes Match service is now available in several European countries, with UK collecting society PRS for Music having already confirmed its deal to license the cloud service. What about Germany? GEMA has issued a statement outlining the short-term nature of its deal. “A temporary one-year contract with GEMA made this agreement possible. It was reached in the early hours of Thursday morning. [Fees for] iTunes Match are to be collected in the first 12 months and the terms of the contract adjusted if necessary at the end of this period. Under the terms of the agreement, copyright holders are to receive a certain flat-rate portion of sales per user.” The body also says the agreement is entirely separate from its deal announced last week with BITKOM for more conventional digital music services.

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