Facebook inks major music licensing deal with Apra Amcos

Australian performance and mechanical rights society Apra Amcos has signed a major licensing agreement with Facebook.

The deal arrives 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.

“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,” Apra Amcos CEO Dean Ormston said in a statement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Facebook has licensed millions of songs from Apra Amcos’ 95,000 international songwriters, composers, and publishers.

The deal covers usage of their works on Facebook, Oculus, Instagram, and Messenger.

Recently, Facebook had won exclusive rights to broadcast live Premier League soccer matches in southeast Asia. The multi-year deal, valued at around £200 million (USD 264.4 million), is Premier League’s first with the social network, that will broadcast matches in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from 2019 to 2022, which henceforth includes all 380 matches in 2019.

Facebook had 2.2 billion monthly active users and Instagram 800 million until the fourth quarter of 2017.

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