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NMPA and Peloton settle publishing lawsuit with new partnership

The US National Music Publishers Association has settled the copyright infringement lawsuit with fitness firm Peloton, which was brought last year by 14 of its publisher members. The terms have not been announced, but the...
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Harmonix reveals its latest music game: DJ-focused Fuser

Music-games publisher Harmonix has taken the wrappers off its next title. Fuser will be a console and PC game focused on DJing, due for release later in the year. According to the announcement, Fuser “will allow players...
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Michelle Phan’s music startup Thematic joins 500 Startups

We first wrote about Thematic in June 2018: it’s a startup founded by YouTuber (and all-round influencer) Michelle Phan, which specialised in licensing music for her fellow online stars’ videos. The pitch was...
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Studio 54th: Super Bowl LIV will spawn a live visual album

The traditional music-biz talk around the Super Bowl focuses on the artists performing during its half-time show, and the sync value of its commercial breaks. But this year, the NFL itself is doing something really interesting...
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Peloton says it has now licensed more than 1m music tracks

Fitness startup Peloton may have been sued by music publishers, but an upbeat interview given to Billboard by its head of music Paul DeGooyer aims to portray the company as a willing licensor, rather than a copyright-infringing...
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TikTok signs Merlin deal but its licensing work is far from done

TikTok and indie licensing-agency Merlin have announced a licensing deal covering use of music from the latter’s member labels “wherever the platform is available around the world”. The deal is effective immediately,...
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Mechanical Licensing Collective reveals its first CEO

The US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has appointed its first CEO. Kris Ahrend is a former executive at Warner Music, Rhino Entertainment and Sony BMG, who got the job after a months-long selection process. He’ll...
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BMG is the latest music firm to sign a deal with Tracklib

BMG has announced a licensing deal with Swedish sampling service Tracklib, becoming the latest music company to make some of its catalogue available on the platform. BMG said that it will provide “a selection of quality...
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Composer Kerry Muzzey tweets tangled tale of Chinese licensing problems

If you want an insight into some of the challenges for composers in 2020, grab a large cup of tea and settle down to read this Twitter thread from Kerry Muzzey, whose music has been used by a number of high-profile TV shows....
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Tracklib launches its ‘State of Sampling 2019’ report

Sample-licensing service Tracklib has published its latest ‘State of Sampling’ report, offering some stats and insight into how samples are being used in 2019’s music industry. “This year, 15% of the songs on Billboard...
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Boomplay strikes Merlin deal and says it’s grown to 62m users

African streaming service Boomplay’s latest licensing deal is with indie-agency Merlin. The company already had a full set of deals with the global major-labels, as well as a catalogue of music from African labels and artists....
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CMO Capasso has high hopes for Pan African Licensing Hub

We’ve written about the ‘licensing hubs’ set up by collecting societies in Europe (Ice and Armonia) and the Nordics (Polaris Hub). Now South African collecting society Capasso has launched an equivalent for Africa....