AUSTRALIA (CelebrityAccess) – Australian performance and mechanical rights society APRA AMCOS has signed a major licensing agreement with Facebook.
The deal arrives shortly after the social media giant secured long-term licensing agreements with all three major labels––Sony Music, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music––as well as global digital rights agency Merlin, which represents over 20,000 indie record labels and distributors.
Under terms of the new agreement, Facebook has licensed millions of songs from APRA AMCOS’ 95,000 international songwriters, composers, and publishers. The deal covers use of their works on Facebook, Oculus, Instagram, and Messenger.
In a statement, APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston said: “We are delighted to be working with Facebook to ensure the creative content of our members and affiliates that is used on the platform is fairly remunerated.” He added music rights holders “will be compensated for the use of their works on Facebook.”