It’s not just Merck Mercuriadis who NMPA boss David Israelite has been criticising in recent times. The US publishing body has a long-running argument with Amazon’s live-video platform Twitch, over its lack of publishing licensing deals. It seems an end may be in sight for that row, though.
Billboard reported that the two sides are “close to signing a music licensing agreement… The two parties have come to an agreement in principle, although nothing binding has been signed.”
This would follow the pattern laid down by previous disputes with tech companies including Peloton and TikTok, although the NMPA remains in litigation with games firm Roblox.
“Twitch – and its parent company – cannot seriously argue that their profit margins do not leave room to fairly compensate creators and songwriters for the use of their music,” wrote Israelite in an op-ed piece in December 2020.