Global license to facilitate 'legal market.'

British independent labels trade body the Assn. of Independent Music has launched a global six-month trial license for podcasting. The groundbreaking move will make AIM members' copyrighted works available for use in podcasts.

A range of licenses are offered from today (Dec. 5) by the trade body's new media arm AIM Digital.

Adoption of the new flexible license among its members is expected to be widespread, says AIM. London-based AIM counts more than 900 members from the British independent music community. The available repertoire will be posted on the trade body's Web site as members opt-in.

In a statement, AIM says it expects the agreement will "facilitate the development of a legal market, enabling all concerned to gather usage data and gauge advertising potential towards establishing a long-term business model."

AIM chair/CEO Alison Wenham added, "In the absence of an industry wide scheme, AIM has moved to fill the current void, and has created attractive licensing conditions for the use of music from the independent sector of the U.K."

Wenham said AIM anticipates "huge global demand" for its podcast license.