Pact to make collecting payments more accurate.
EMI Music Publishing has made an unprecedented deal with global Internet communications company Skype, the Internet telephony (VoIP) network, licensing its catalog worldwide for Skype's soon-to-be launched online retail store.
Under the agreement, Skype has secured licenses for download, subscription and master ringtone use from what EMI calls its Anglo/American (English language) catalog of compositions. This is reportedly the first publishing deal struck where a music user like Skype can license a song across borders for use globally rather securing rights on a territory-by-territory basis.
Warner Music Group's labels recently struck a licensing deal with Skype for its master recordings; the two deals will make the recorded music of such artists as Rob Thomas and Sean Paul available on Skype's online music store.
EMI will also act as a music consultant to the new service. The global deal is expected to make tracking and collecting payments for songwriters more accurate and efficient.
“It has been a great pleasure for us at EMI Music Publishing to be working with Skype to bring a range of innovative services to consumers across the globe," says co-CEO Roger Faxon. "I would like to single out Mike McGinley of Skype and Clark Miller of EMI MP whose ability to look beyond the restrictions of current deal models made this groundbreaking initiative possible. I would be remiss if I did not also thank the MCPS/PRS Alliance in the U.K. for the cooperative spirit that they have brought to the development of this new approach to the licensing of music. We could not have better partners than Skype and MCPS/PRS in our ongoing effort to break down the barriers of online licensing of music. EMI MP is committed to bringing the best music in the world to all the consumers of the world and this deal is a major step in fulfilling that goal.”
In January, the United Kingdom's MCPS-PRS Alliance and Germany's GEMA formed a joint business entity to exclusively administer Pan-European online and mobile licenses for certain repertoire of EMI Music Publishing, which forged the arrangement. The venture will offer Pan-European licenses for all necessary rights covering its Anglo/American repertoire controlled by EMI's affiliates in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Other repertoire is not yet included because of legal restrictions.