The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance is contesting the validity of eMusic's pan-European licensing structure. In a statement issued today (Sept. 15), the London-based authors' rights society warned that the n

The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance is contesting the validity of eMusic's pan-European licensing structure. In a statement issued today (Sept. 15), the London-based authors' rights society warned that the newly-launched European download store did not clear the necessary rights.

eMusic pressed the button on its operation on Tuesday (Sept. 12), going live simultaneously in all 25 European Union markets. At launch, eMusic said it would track all licensed downloads on a country-by-country basis and pay publishing royalties to Dutch organization Buma/Stemra.

In turn, Buma/Stemra would account to, and pay through, authors societies in other EU markets, such as GEMA in Germany and Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, through "reciprocal agreements already in place among those organizations," eMusic said.

The Alliance has denounced as "inaccurate" the official statement. Today, the Alliance warned it "has made it clear to eMusic and to Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra that it (Buma/Stemra) is not able to grant such a pan-European licence since it does not have the MCPS or PRS rights to do so."

The MCPS and PRS, which jointly represents 44,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members, will continue to work with eMusic to hammer out a solution, according to Crispin Evans, MCPS-PRS Alliance general counsel.

Representatives for eMusic were unavailable at deadline.