In January, independent labels held a press conference to slam Myspace for its lack of licensing deals with the indie sector. By June, their attitudes had shifted from anger to dismissal: “As the service is not attracting any serious volume of interest, we are unconcerned,” AIM’s Alison Wenham told us (Bulletin, 17-Jun-13). But what’s Myspace’s explanation for its lack of interest in licensing the vibrant indie sector? Well, it’s… complicated. “Many artists represented by Merlin labels have territory-specific deals, but many of these same artists are also represented by other distributors who license their content as well. This means that Myspace can—and does—have the right to stream many of the artists under Merlin through agreements with other distributors,” a spokesperson tells VentureBeat. “The licensing system is complex, and adding to that is the territory-specific layer. If you’re streaming from one country and go to another, you might not be able to listen to that same song on Myspace depending on the deal, distributor, or country. But this is why you’ll still find certain Merlin-represented tracks on Myspace, especially in the US.” Got that?

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