With companies like Kobalt hammering away at traditional collecting societies for not being transparent enough, it’s no wonder some are trying to meet the challenge head-on.

ASCAP, for example, announced yesterday that it will now publicly declare what percentage share of public performance rights it represents for the 10m songs on its roster.

It claims to be the first US public performance rights organisation to go public with this “licensable share” data.

“If public performance rights societies are going to survive and thrive in a global music economy driven by data, then we must be willing to be fully transparent regarding what shares of songs we are licensing,” said CEO Elizabeth Matthews.

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