Britain's Assn. of Independent Music (AIM) today (Sept. 21) informed delegates at the Popkomm trade fair in Berlin that it has struck a groundbreaking collective licensing deal with Bertelsmann's serv

Britain's Assn. of Independent Music (AIM) today (Sept. 21) informed delegates at the Popkomm trade fair in Berlin that it has struck a groundbreaking collective licensing deal with Bertelsmann's services and technology unit Arvato Mobile.

Through the agreement, music works from the indie trade body's 900-plus member labels will be made available on an opt-in basis on Arvato's GNAB legitimate peer-to-peer music service.

The pact initially licenses GNAB for digital downloads covering Europe and Japan. Deals for subscriptions and video downloads are expected to follow shortly.

AIM is the first organization to agree a collective licensing deal for GNAB on behalf of a broad collection of members.

Launched earlier this summer, GNAB is the first fully licensed peer-to-peer network. Arvato offers the platform to digital retailers and content providers, who in turn use it to offer the P2P service under their own brand.

GNAB has already forged deals with the four majors and various leading content aggregators.