Music Licensing

KickO unites music legends on World Music Day to bring music closer to children!

June 25, 2019

Rsearch says that music helps release the “happy chemical” in human body, infact we are programmed to be happier when we listen to music. And on the occasion of this World Music Day, destination of unlimited happiness, Sony YAY! Is all set to celebrate the magical gift of music and spread unlimited smiles amongst its […]

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Changing tides of the Indian licensing industry

May 17, 2019

Licensing & Merchandising in India is dynamically changing with advancements in technology and digital space. With a number of international brands strategizing on India via licensing, this has now opened new prospects to the industry. Last year India ranked among the top 25 global markets for licensing and merchandising. Pegged at $ 1,476 million, India […]

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Universal Music signs licensing agreement with uduX

April 9, 2019

Universal Music Group has signed an licensing agreement with Nigerian music streaming service uduX. Universal Music Group is the first major music company to license its catalog to uduX. uduX is currently available via monthly subscription through Habari by GTBank, a leading platform for music, shopping and lifestyle content launched in November 2018. Reports said that the service will […]

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Music licensing goes digital through PLUS

March 27, 2019

With PLUS (Performance License For Usage Of Sound Recording), an online portal, executives can issue licenses, and receive payments within minutes. In the world of public performance licensing digitization and the proliferation of the internet across India has created limitless possibilities. ‘Public performance royalties’ are the monetary compensation paid to music labels for the privilege […]

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Spotify to launch in India within 6 months with extended free trial: Report

November 29, 2018

Sweden-based music streaming service Spotify will make its India debut in the next six months, according to a report in Variety. Spotify has already secured deals with some of the popular music companies. According to several media reports, Indian music record label, T-series has also made a deal with the company. The platform will offer […]

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Now, Facebook will let you add a song to photos, videos

October 31, 2018

Facebook will now allow users to add music to Stories and also in their News Feed posts. Facebook has introduced new music features, including an option to add a song to photos and videos that has been shared to Facebook Stories. “And, we’re bringing it to News Feed, too!” Facebook said in a statement, adding […]

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Artists can now upload tracks directly to the platform, thanks to Spotify

September 24, 2018

In what could be one of the biggest news in the world of music licensing, Spotify launched a new feature which will enable independent artists to upload tracks to the service directly without any requirement for a third-party aggregator or record label. The feature currently remains in an invite-only beta mode with a few hundred […]

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Facebook inks major music licensing deal with Apra Amcos

August 18, 2018

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 […]

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Sony Music launches global artist royalty portal in India

August 10, 2018

Music label Sony Music has launched its global artist royalty portal — Artist Portal in India to empower artists by giving them easy access to royalty statements online. Along with detailed insights into worldwide music streams, downloads, video views, charts position and more, the label’s artiste and partners are presented with earnings from across all […]

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Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Music Licensing Bill

July 9, 2018

In a historic decision for the digital age, the Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act. The bill has now moved on to the Senate, where it is expected to pass as well. The Music Modernization Act, or MMA, updates copyright law for the digital age and is the result of unprecedented […]

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Yet again! Singer Ed Sheeran sued for plagiarizing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ track

June 30, 2018

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is being sued yet again over similarities between his hit track “Thinking Out Loud” and the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On.” Owners of the song’s copyright claim that it lifts from Gaye’s 1972 hit and they are seeking $100 million in damages, according to a report in Variety. The […]

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HBO, Columbia Records to release ‘Game of Thrones-Inspired’ music album

June 5, 2018

Columbia Records and HBO have join hands to create an officially licensed album of music inspired by ‘Game of Thrones’. The music album is all set to accompany the eagerly anticipated final season of the award-winning drama series, premiering in 2019. According to a Broadway World Report, the soundtrack will feature songs inspired by the […]

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Sony to become world’s largest music publisher, buys EMI for $2.3 billion

May 24, 2018

The Japanese Technology and content giant Sony Corporation said on Tuesday it would pay about USD 2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world’s largest music publisher. According to a Reuters report, the acquisition will give Sony a music portfolio of over 2 million songs from artists including Kanye West, Sam Smith, and […]

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Amazon India signs three new deals for Prime Music portfolio

March 31, 2018

Strengthening its prime music area, Amazon India has signed three content deals for Amazon Prime Music with Lahari Music, Muzik 247 and the Indian Performing Right Society. The Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) will provide Amazon India with an access to the IPRS repertoire of more than a million titles across multiple languages, eras and […]

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