German collecting society GEMA has announced that it has signed a licensing deal with streaming music service Deezer. The contract is based on GEMA’s new online tariffs, which it introduced at the start of January. “We are convinced that signing the contract will send a signal to other online providers,” says GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Henke. “The new rates make it clear it is indeed possible to reach agreements with GEMA that are lucrative for both sides.” The deal continues Deezer’s rollout, but we’re wondering how that’s going. In a press release on 7 December, the company promised that by 31 December it would be live in 45 European countries, while by 31 January it would also have rolled out in Canada and 37 Latin American markets. Watch this space… In separate news, Omnifone’s service has finalised a pan-European deal with PRS for Music. The service was already live in 20 countries, including the UK, France and Germany.

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