Looking to ease the music licensing process, Sony/ATV Music Publishing today made its entire global music catalog available for music services "and other interested parties" via its website. While the songs were all there before, this is the first time the entire catalog can be downloaded as a list. Previously, users had to look up songs one at a time.

"As the world's leading music publisher, we want to ensure that existing users, prospective licensees and those with a need to access our extensive song list are provided with that capability," Sony/ATV chairman & CEO Martin Bandier said in a statement. "We are thrilled to announce today that the company is taking the next step and offering a greater level of transparency by enabling our global catalog to be accessible upon request.”

Sony/ATV says it is making available a comprehensive list of its catalog and will periodically update the data to reflect the catalog changes that frequently occur in the mercurial music publishing industry.

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"I am pleased to see Sony/ATV is taking a leading role by making its entire catalog available,” National Music Publishers’ Association president and CEO David Isrealite said in a statement. “This is an important step in making the licensing process even more transparent and one which I fully endorse."

In late June, Universal Music Publishing Group said it too was planning to make available its entire song catalog in list form on its website. UMPG nows says its "song repository launch is imminent."