New York-based SpiralFrog, an upcoming, advertiser-supported download store, has finalized a licensing agreement with CSI, a joint venture involving Canadian publishing collectives.

CSI represents the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) in Toronto, and the Montreal-based Society for the Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada.

The deal opens access to a significant catalog of compositions by artists with recordings released in Canada.

"This agreement is necessary for us to offer the sound recordings that we had licensed from the record labels in Canada," said Joe Mohen, chairman and founder of SpiralFrog, in a statement. "While we had obtained a license for the complete catalog of UMG Sound Recordings in Canada, further licenses are needed for the reproduction of the underlying musical compositions."

"We're delighted to help SpiralFrog enter the Canadian market," says David Basskin, VP of CSI. Basskin is also president of CMRRA.

"Piracy is the number one enemy of the songwriters and music publishers we represent. SpiralFrog's new Internet services will help reduce the incentives for people to steal music, and will be a welcome new source of digital revenue."

SpiralFrog is slated to a launch in the first quarter of 2007.