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Europe’s music services in harmony

Europe’s music services in harmony | Music business | Scoop.it
Efforts by European authorities to encourage pan-European Union music distribution and licensing are bearing fruit with the launch on Monday of a system that brings together a quarter of the bloc’s music repertories.
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SoundCloud Partners With Getty Images Music: Users Can ‘Sync’ License Tracks For Commercial Use

SoundCloud Partners With Getty Images Music: Users Can ‘Sync’ License Tracks For Commercial Use | Music business | Scoop.it
In a tie-up with the stock photography and digital media giant Getty Images, users of SoundCloud can now offer their tracks for commercial licensing, providing another avenue for monetization for musicians and sound artists who use the platform to...
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Music Publishers, Universal Group Sign “Groundbreaking” Licence Deal

Music Publishers, Universal Group Sign “Groundbreaking” Licence Deal | Music business | Scoop.it
A trade association representing music publishers and songwriters today announced a model licensing deal with Universal Music Group that is expected to allow songwriters and publishers to share in the revenue from music videos.
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Indie Music In Advertising Becomes The Status Quo

Indie Music In Advertising Becomes The Status Quo | Music business | Scoop.it
Recent articles in Adweek, Businessweek, Fortune and the LA Times discuss the widespread use of music by indie artists in advertising.
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Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels

Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels | Music business | Scoop.it
Turntable.FM has signed licensing agreements with all four of the major labels. The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by Turntable.fm's  Billy Chasen...
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Can Music Licensing Become Like Licensing A Photo For Your Web Page?

Can Music Licensing Become Like Licensing A Photo For Your Web Page? | Music business | Scoop.it

"Greenlight Music, a new effort from Corbis, is designed to make accessing professional music content easy. Its web page explains it pretty exactly: "Get the right to use the world's most popular music in your commercial project. From well-known classics to the latest chart-breaking hits, GreenLight Music makes it quick and easy to get all the permissions you need.""

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Frictionless commerce: YouTube, music labels close to renewing licenses

Frictionless commerce: YouTube, music labels close to renewing licenses | Music business | Scoop.it
Universal Music, Sony and EMI are all in license-renewal negotiations with the video-sharing service, sources say. Preventing piracy is a big issue. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Media Maverick.
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Merlin slams 'short-sighted' new streaming service, questions indie representation

Merlin slams 'short-sighted' new streaming service, questions indie representation | Music business | Scoop.it

"His comments follow the announcement of the new service aimed specifically at the mass-market who want an easier way to adopt digital music.

 

rara.com has licensing agreements and vocal backing from all four majors, while at the same time claiming to have similar partnerships with “leading independent labels”"

 

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Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots

Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots | Music business | Scoop.it
The Aurotone Network, a new global initiative that aims to revolutionize the way that music is sourced for advertisements, film and computer games, has launched in the ...
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Google Strikes Licensing Deal With European Music Publishers, Gains Access To 5.5M Tracks Across 35 Countries

Google Strikes Licensing Deal With European Music Publishers, Gains Access To 5.5M Tracks Across 35 Countries | Music business | Scoop.it
Google has reached a new arrangement with European music publishing entities which will give it access to 5.5 million tracks spanning 35 countries, including artists like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
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Digital Services Face 18 Months of Licensing Negotiations, Says Study

Digital Services Face 18 Months of Licensing Negotiations, Says Study | Music business | Scoop.it
Washington & Lee assistant professor David Touve released a study that investigates the time required for digital startups to negotiate and acquire the licenses required to...
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Why Would Google Offer $1B For Music Rights? Because The Return Could Be Much Bigger

Why Would Google Offer $1B For Music Rights? Because The Return Could Be Much Bigger | Music business | Scoop.it
It's no secret that Google's music locker service is struggling, but the company still seems committed to making it a success. To do so, they'll need to do big things, and break through the barriers that the record industry places in...
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Rumblefish's Friendly Music relaunches with 750k licensed songs

Rumblefish's Friendly Music relaunches with 750k licensed songs | Music business | Scoop.it
In 2010, Rumblefish launched a website called Friendly Music to make licensing soundtracks for YouTube videos ultra-easy.
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Music service Turntable.fm signing major labels

Music service Turntable.fm signing major labels | Music business | Scoop.it
The startup that sparked a lot of attention is close to finalizing licensing agreements with most of the major record companies. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Media Maverick.
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Licensing Talk With TuneCore, BMI, SoundExchange Gets Fiery at SF MusicTech

Licensing Talk With TuneCore, BMI, SoundExchange Gets Fiery at SF MusicTech | Music business | Scoop.it
A heated debate on licensing and payments overshadowed the SF MusicTech summit, with execs from TuneCore, Music Reports, SoundExchange and BMI arguing over the future of...
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BITKOM, GEMA Reach Licensing Agreement For Online Music Platforms

BITKOM, GEMA Reach Licensing Agreement For Online Music Platforms | Music business | Scoop.it
After nearly ten years of negotiations, a licensing agreement for Internet music platforms was reached last week between Munich-based German collection society GEMA and IT...
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The Black Keys Now Refusing to License Spotify, Rdio, & Rhapsody...

The Black Keys Now Refusing to License Spotify, Rdio, & Rhapsody... | Music business | Scoop.it

"The latest Black Keys album, El Camino, is not available on Spotify, Rdio, or Rhapsody, despite an official release this morning. The album is, however, available and well-positioned on the iTunes Store and Amazon MP3, and early sources to Digital Music News are pointing to a Coldplay-like licensing refusal."

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