Tag: licensing

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Believe’s new TikTok deal includes licences and marketing

It wasn’t just UMG and Spotify announcing a new licensing deal yesterday: distribution firm Believe also had an agreement to reveal – with TikTok. The pair have signed a multi-year deal that will license Believe’s...
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UMG gets early access to Spotify features with latest deal

By now you’ll have seen the news of Spotify signing a new multi-year licensing deal with Universal Music Group. You may even have seen the mini-controversy around the description of UMG as “music’s most innovative...
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Amazon IVS could help music companies build their own Twitch

Amazon already owns one of the key livestreaming video platforms, in Twitch. Now its Amazon Web Services division is launching something that could help brands (perhaps including labels) to create their own-brand versions...
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Watch for YouTube impact of Facebook’s music videos move

Let us take you back on a short tour of Facebook music-video speculation. Start in 2012 when reports claimed Vevo – then the key aggregator of music videos – was in talks to ditch YouTube in favour of a partnership...
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Tools: MUSIXMATCH. The world’s largest catalog of song lyrics and translations.

Musixmatch provides licensed lyric features to the likes of Google, Apple Music, Amazon and Instagram, having deals in place with over 10,000 publishers globally. It also has direct relationships with over 1m artists who...
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HFA is now included in to Eminem publisher’s Spotify lawsuit

In August last year, music publisher Eight Mile Style sued Spotify, accusing the streaming service of willful copyright infringement. The company, which represents Eminem’s works, claimed that Spotify made available...
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TikTok strikes licensing deal for Prince back catalogue

There has been a lot of debate about which music licences TikTok has already, which ones it doesn’t (publishers have been particularly sharp on this one) and what it needs to do next to ensure performers and songwriters...
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NMPA boss puts Twitch, Fortnite on livestream licensing notice

Twitch is having a difficult moment with copyright takedowns and demands for a platform-wide licensing deal, but the US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has its sights set on sync royalties for recorded livestreams...
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ByteDance and TikTok revenues under the microscope again

The rise of TikTok, and the assorted controversies around it, have meant there’s a lot more scrutiny of the economics of the app and its parent company ByteDance. Which is welcome for the music industry, as rightsholders...
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Twitch users get retrospective claims for past music use

In yesterday’s bulletin, we covered the news that livestreaming platform Twitch has reminded users that DJ sets are among the “types of music content you may not use in Twitch streams or VODs”. We suggested...
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SyncFloor launches licensing platform, including podcasts

Our first encounter with a startup called SyncFloor was in January this year, when it joined the ‘Audiocamp’ run by startup studio Betaworks. What is it though? Yesterday, SyncFloor announced its public launch...
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Twitch music guidelines rule out DJ sets without licences

The esports community has been chattering about Twitch’s latest guidelines on using recorded music in live broadcasts and video-on-demand uploads to its platform. Dot Esports’ top angle was the fact that using...