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Merlin approaching $500m in annual collections for members

As it approaches its 10th anniversary, Merlin has revealed that it will collect $500m on behalf of its members this year. To put that in context, the indie digital rights body collected $1bn in the first nine years of its...
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Merlin boss Charles Caldas: ‘The majors seem to be three years behind us’

Charles Caldas, CEO of indie licensing agency Merlin, sees a host of digital opportunities for independent music companies in the year ahead – but also some looming threats. Caldas gave a keynote speech at indie body...
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Merlin expands to Japan: ‘An incredibly vibrant market’ (interview)

Independent licensing agency Merlin has set up shop in Japan, opening an office in Tokyo. It is headed up by Haji Taniguchi, who was previously president of Avex Music Publishing, as well as chairing industry body the Music...
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Merlin and WIN support indie licensing deals with Apple Music

Apple’s promise to pay royalties during the three-month free trial of its Apple Music streaming service has won over indie licensing agency Merlin. In a letter to members that leaked last night, CEO Charles Caldas explained:...
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Merlin talks SoundCloud deal, monetisation and the crushing imbalance of the Universal/Sony duopoly

Amid mounting criticism of SoundCloud and its attempts to swing into monetisation and licensing, the deal struck last week with Merlin, representing a multitude of independent labels, was hugely significant. Here was a significant...
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Merlin opens US office with Jim Mahoney as GM

News that former A2IM VP Jim Mahoney was leaving for a new job at Merlin leaked earlier this year, but it’s now been confirmed. He’ll head up the indie licensing agency’s new US office, working out of New York. The...
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WIN windmills into YouTube

WIN (the Worldwide Independent Network) was going to publicly lay into YouTube over what it saw as “unnecessary and indefensible” template contracts for indie content on its planned subscription service. Then the two...
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Merlin boss: ‘YouTube pays less than any of the subscription services’

Indie licensing agency Merlin has been conspicuously silent amid the recent storm about YouTube’s licensing negotiation tactics with independents – unsurprising, given that it remains at the negotiating table, with...
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Merlin boss takes aim at YouTube payouts: ‘Their figures are by far the worst’

YouTube has become a popular whipping boy for music rightsholders in recent times, and Merlin CEO Charles Caldas didn’t spare Google’s video service in his keynote presentation at yesterday’s AIM Music Connected...
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Merlin boss thinks indies are losing out in streaming market-share calculations

Indie licensing body Merlin collected $70m from streaming music services on behalf of its members last year, and expects to “easily” surpass $100m in 2014 according to CEO Charles Caldas
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Merlin boss goes on the attack over majors’ market-share figures

Merlin CEO Charles Caldas has criticised major labels a few times in recent months alluding to manipulation of market shares in the streaming world.
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Merlin expects up to $65m of streaming revenues in 2013

Fresh from winning an IMPALA Outstanding Contribution award, Merlin boss Charles Caldas has been giving his views on digital music, including this stat: "We expect the streaming revenues alone for Merlin in 2013 to be somewhere...