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Music licensing evolves in response to new tech and trends

With Covid-19 continuing to curtail gigs, festivals and awards ceremonies, the sad-but-true fact is that Britain’s showcase music event of the year has probably been the parliamentary inquiry into music streaming economics. Despite...
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Tuned Global strikes deal for Psycle London workout playlists

Last October we co-published a report on music and fitness/wellbeing with the BPI, exploring the potential for licensing (and other) partnerships in those sectors. The latest example comes from B2B digital music firm Tuned...
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Indian music industry report takes aim at safe harbours

Complaints about the music industry suffering from a ‘value gap’ are far from just a western affair. Indian music industry body IMI has published a report exploring why the film industry in India has grown so...
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Twitch report makes its case as a positive force for musicians

Various music rightsholders have made no secret of their desire for Twitch to sign platform-wide music licensing deals, with pressure from the publishing and recordings sectors alike mounting on the Amazon subsidiary. It...
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Socan makes its livestreams licensing system permanent

In May 2020, Canadian collecting society Socan became one of the first PROs to launch a licensing scheme for livestreamed concerts. It was called ‘Encore’ and would pay songwriters and publishers when their...
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Music bodies slam Twitter for ‘rampant theft of creative works’

Yesterday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (and his *sigh* bitcoin clock) made an appearance before a US House hearing about online extremism and misinformation. Copyright wasn’t the matter at hand, but a group of music industry...
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Triller finally has a music licensing deal with US publishers

The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has had short-video app Triller in its sights for some time now over licensing. However, a deal has finally been struck to end the public hostilities. “NMPA is pleased...
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Belgian collecting society Sabam joins the Ice core in Europe

European licensing hub Ice was founded by three collecting societies: PRS for Music, Stim and Gema. However, its ‘Ice Core’ also licenses repertoire from other entities: Imro, BMI and independent publishers including...
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Spotify gets its missing K-Pop music back with new Kakao deal

Spotify’s catalogue of K-Pop music is returning to its former glory, after the company managed to end its high-profile dispute with South Korean firm Kakao Entertainment. The new agreement is global, including South...
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Songclip raises $11m to help license more music to social apps

Ensuring that the music clips used in social apps are properly licensed has been a key focus for rightsholders in recent years, and deals with Facebook/Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and others have offered encouragement. Now...
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DistroKid artists can now license their music for Snapchat

Social platforms like TikTok and Snapchat have been doing some interesting deals with distributors in recent times. Snap’s partnership with DistroKid is the latest. It will enable artists putting music out through DistroKid...
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Spotify faces K-Pop conundrum after loss of Kakao M catalogue

Spotify is excited about having finally launched in South Korea, but the company will be rather less excited about losing a significant chunk of its K-Pop catalogue globally. After licensing negotiations broke down with one...