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Twitch signs a licensing deal with French collecting society Sacem

As we’ve been reporting, Twitch has been under increasing pressure from the music industry to strike licensing deals. It is working on that, too: this morning Music Ally can exclusively reveal its latest agreement.

It’s with French collecting society Sacem: “a deal that will enable royalties to be distributed to authors, composers and publishers, who are Sacem members, when their music is shared or livestreamed by Twitch” according to the company.

It added that it’ll be working with Sacem to “develop processes to simplify and optimise the identification and reporting of works used on the service, for the benefit of Sacem members and the music industry as a whole”.

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Sacem strikes Euro deal with Korean authors’ society Komca

French collecting society Sacem has signed a deal with the Korea Music Copyright Association (Komca) to manage the latter’s members’ online music rights in Europe.

That means that the songs represented by Komca will be included in Sacem’s licensing deals with digital music services. It’s good timing, given the continued global popularity of K-Pop, from the biggest acts like BTS and Blackpink to emerging artists following in their footsteps.

“In these times of crisis, when digital usage continues to grow in spite of everything, it is all the more important to ensure that the works of creators and publishers are well represented on all continents,” noted Sacem CEO Jean-Noël Tronc in a statement.

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Music-streaming in the Middle East: ‘There is a space and place for everyone’

Spotify and Deezer’s recent launches in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have highlighted the region’s status as a strategic priority for the music industry – although these companies (and Apple Music) are facing strong competition from local streaming service Anghami.

Trends in the MENA region were the focus for a panel session at Music Ally and Music Biz’s NY:LON Connect conference in London today. Speakers included Eddy Maroun, co-founder of Anghami; Moe Hamzeh, MD of Warner Music Middle East; Liliana Abudalo, manager of music content partnerships, Middle East, at Google and YouTube; and Habib Achour, head of Africa and Middle East at Sacem. Music Biz’s Bill Wilson chaired.

In setting up the discussion, Hamzeh talked of the importance of understanding the rich complexity of the region, with its many cultures, languages and dialects. A flat and uniform approach across the Middle East, then, will not pay off.