The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. says online music services such as Microsoft, RealNetwork's Rhapsody, la la, Last.fm, and Slacker are choosing HFA as their primary mechanical licensing provider for interactive streams and limited and permanent downloads at the new statutory rates.

"Online music services need a full-service provider that can handle both the millions of license requests and the subsequent detailed and complex royalty reporting required under the new statutory rates," said Lauren Apolito, VP of business development for HFA. "HFA's bulk licensing capabilities and sophisticated distribution systems, combined with its singular knowledge of the music publishing rights landscape and technology infrastructure, support these kinds of high-volume transactions."

Earlier this month, the company announced that it signed a deal to provide royalty administration services to Napster. HFA will calculate and distribute mechanical royalties to publishers for Napster's subscription music service and will provide copyright research services (Billboard.biz, Aug. 5).