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Sony/ATV Extends GEMA/PRS Alliance On Digital Licensing

Sony/ATV Extends GEMA/PRS Alliance On Digital Licensing

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(CelebrityAccess) – Sony/ATV Music Publishing, PRS for Music, GEMA and SOLAR announced this week that they have extended their agreement for the management of pan-European licences for Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing’s Anglo-American repertoire.

The multi-year deal will see SOLAR, a jointly-owned subsidiary of PRS for Music and GEMA, continuing to provide administration services in connection with licences that cover the exploitation of the combined Anglo-American catalogues of Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing for digital services across Europe and other territories.

The administration of the licences will be carried out in partnership with ICE (a pioneering multi-territory online licensing and music copyright administration hub), which is a joint venture between PRS, GEMA and Swedish society STIM.

Commenting on the news, Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said: “I am excited that we have extended our successful relationship with PRS for Music and GEMA and with their SOLAR joint venture.

“This will continue to make the licensing of our Anglo-American catalogue across Europe as efficient as possible while ensuring that our songwriters receive first-class administration services in the European digital market.”

Dr. Till Evert, Managing Director of SOLAR Music Rights Management, added: “Sony/ATV Music Publishing is an ambitious partner who has time and time again set standards for the music market with its innovative technical solutions. Together with our strong partner ICE, we are ideally positioned to meet the challenges of digital use and licensing of music for the next three years.”

Dr. Harald Heker, CEO of GEMA, said: “Through SOLAR we have licensing agreements in place with all relevant providers of digital music and ensure that the publisher, as well as their composers, and lyricists are remunerated appropriately for the use of their works.”

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive, PRS for Music, added: “I’m very proud that our successful and long-term partnership with Sony/ATV Music Publishing is set to continue.

“Our collaboration with GEMA on the SOLAR initiative is a cutting-edge embodiment of a modern and innovative approach to the administration of digital pan-European licensing.”

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