Buma/Stemra and MCPS-PRS Alliance are to enter into talks to hammer out a solution to eMusic's contested pan-European license, executives at the music download store said today (Sept. 18).

Buma/Stemra and MCPS-PRS Alliance are to enter into talks to hammer out a solution to eMusic's contested pan-European license, executives at the music download store said today (Sept. 18).

eMusic last Tuesday (Sept. 12) pressed the button on a pan-European service, which launched simultaneously in 25 European Union member states.

On Friday, however, Britain's Alliance disputed the service's pan-European license, which was assigned to the Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra.

eMusic's New York-based CEO David Pakman is confident a solution will be found.

"We have a license with Buma/Stemra, and we believe that license to be valid. This is really a conversation between them (MCPS-PRS) and Buma/Stemra," Pakman tells Billboard.biz.

In a statement issued today (Sept. 18), the online music service added, "While no further talks are currently contemplated between eMusic and MCPS/PRS, we look forward to scheduled talks between our licensing partner Buma/Stemra and MCPS/PRS to resolve any issues that MCPS has regarding our current license."

A spokesperson for eMusic adds, "MCPS-PRS is one of a number of EU authors' societies that we are explaining our Buma/Stemra license to, and we and Buma/Stemra will continue to respond to their inquiries."

At deadline, it was unclear when executives from both European collecting societies were due to meet.

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