Digital music service Napster Luxembourg SARL has signed a pan-European licensing deal with CELAS, which represents EMI Music Publishing repertoire for online and mobile exploitation in Europe.

The deal allows Napster to provide online users across Europe with full access to EMI Music Publishing's Anglo-American repertoire. CELAS was set up in December 2007 as a joint venture between collective rights societies PRS for Music in the U.K. and GEMA in Germany to digitally license the mechanical rights of that catalog.

CELAS currently has around 30 significant deals with music services, including 7Digital, iTunes, Nokia and Omnifone.

According to CELAS co-managing director Alexander Wolf: "We are happy about the successful conclusion of the negotiations with Napster. The focus of the negotiations has always been the economical interests of both sides -- the licensee Napster and the creative right-owners, represented by CELAS."

In a statement, Wolf's London-based co-managing director Nick Williamson added: "Napster's business model shows that is possible to make actual, innovative, but nevertheless legal offers in the field of digital music services."

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