Yesterday saw the launch of a report on the first 12 months of the UK’s Copyright Licensing Steering Group (CLSG) – the body set up by music rightsholders and other creative industries to make copyright licensing easier and more efficient. Unsurprisingly, the report’s conclusion is that the CLSG has done a cracking job. It cites the launch of a pilot phase for the UK’s Copyright Hub in July, the planned introduction of new joint music licences from PPL and PRS for Music, and progress on the “adoption and inter-operability of common data standards”, as well as news of plans by UK Music for an expansion of the OpenEMI initiative. The latter is most interesting: All three major labels plus publishers Sony/ATV and Universal, and distributor The Orchard are represented on the list of initial participants, with the aim of providing “a ‘Gateway’ into the music licensing arena – thereby incentivising new services to engage with the industry under fair rules of trade, rather than via building a user base from serving unlicensed content and using this as a lever for negotiation with the industry later”.

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