(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. has signed up over 100 licensees to its bulk digital download licensing program this year. These include Hollywood Records, Oxygen Cable, LLC., Univision Music Group, and Walt Disney Records, a division of ABC Inc. This is four times more licensees taking advantage of this program than in 2004. HFA now licenses over 300 companies for permanent digital download distribution.
HFA's bulk licensing program for permanent, full-length digital downloads (also known as DPD's), allows companies to apply for licenses for thousands of songs at a time to get their businesses up and running quickly, with the proper mechanical licenses in place.
"While the attention has been focused on a few big companies, the growth of the digital download market in 2005 has been dramatic," said Michael Simon, senior vice president of Licensing and the Chief of Strategic Development and Marketing for HFA. "Over 300 companies are now using HFA's bulk digital licensing program, to set up their own services, or to seed other online music services."
"We're pleased that more and more companies are coming to HFA to obtain their DPD licenses using our bulk process," said Lauren Apolito, vice president, Business Development for HFA. "Since we represent almost 28,000 music publishers, working through HFA can streamline their licensing needs and enable them to get up and running with digital downloads quickly and easily." –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner