The major labels and music publishers are expected to announce today (Oct. 9) a licensing deal that will help pave the way for several planned online subscription services, sources tell Billboard Bull

The major labels and music publishers are expected to announce today (Oct. 9) a licensing deal that will help pave the way for several planned online subscription services, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. Under the two-year deal between the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), its Harry Fox Agency licensing arm, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), label-backed services such as Pressplay and MusicNet will pay an undisclosed advance for selected songs whose copyrights are controlled by the publishers.

Last month, Napster agreed to pay the NMPA $10 million as an advance for its planned subscription service and $26 million for past unauthorized uses of published music.

Representatives from the publishers and labels declined to comment.

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