EMI Publishing Takes Digital Licensing Back From ASCAP
May 4, 2011 at 4:00 AM (PT)
In a move designed to streamline the digital music licensing process, EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING will assume direct responsibility for licensing digital rights previously represented by NORTH AMERICAN performing rights society ASCAP.
The step will see the world's largest publisher of popular music reassert exclusive rights to license performing rights for its EMI APRIL MUSIC catalog, to an array of audio streaming music services, streaming music video services, so-called "cloud" music services and other similar services. EMI APRIL MUSIC is one of EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING two largest catalogs, featuring almost 200,000 songs.
"The digital world demands a new way of licensing rights in musical compositions," said EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING Chairman/CEO ROGER FAXON. "TODAY we are embarking on that new way. We are reunifying the rights in many of the songs that we represent. By bringing these rights back together our aim is to reduce the burden of licensing, to create greater efficiency and importantly to reduce the barriers to the development of innovative new services. That absolutely has to be in the interest of everybody involved in the process -- songwriters, licensees and consumers alike. I am very pleased that ASCAP will continue to license EMI’s performing rights to music users in all traditional media."