MCPS-PRS Alliance

  1. Digital Radio U.K. Appoints Chairman

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital Radio U.K. has appointed Adam Singer as its chairman. The radio industry body tasked with preparing the U.K. for digital switchover said Singer will take up the role with immediate effect. He will work alongside chief executive Ford Ennals ...

  2. Job Losses Expected At PRS for Music

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Back-office job losses are imminent at U.K. authors' body PRS for Music, which is due to unveil its results for 2009 within the next few days. The cuts emanate from the transfer of the responsibilities of the collecting society's copyrig ...

  3. U.K. Streaming Rates Rise And Fall

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors rights body PRS for Music has announced new performance right rates for streaming services in the United Kingdom, effective July 1. The headline royalty rate will increase from 8% to 10.5% of a streaming site's revenue, while the ...

  4. COTT To Collect For EMI Music Publishing UK

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) has reached a deal with EMI Music Publishing UK to become its collection society on the islands. COTT will administer all royalties from the broadcast and live performance of songs wri ...

  5. Publishers 'Dismayed' At YouTube Decision

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Music Publishers Association (MPA) has voiced its concern at Google's decision to remove music videos from YouTube over a rates row with collecting society PRS for Music, while there are reports the dispute could affect the My ...

  6. PRS For Music Launches In Cannes

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has re-branded and will now be called PRS for Music. The new name was announced during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes and becomes effective Monday (Jan. 19). A new writer ...

  7. Qtrax, PRS Sign Pan-European License Deal

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music announced a new licensing deal with Qtrax during MidemNet in Cannes. Following an abortive launch for Qtrax at MidemNet in 2008, when labels denied they had agreed a deal after it was announced that they were ...

  8. Appointments At Law Firm Sound Advice

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST London-based law firm Sound Advice (Legal) LL has recruited Paul Kernick and Crispin Evans to its legal team. Kernick was previously director of business affairs at Sanctuary Records and Virgin Records. Evans has held legal and business affairs po ...

  9. MIDEM Unveils Publishing Summit

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST MIDEM will launch its inaugural International Publishing Summit next month, in association with the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP). It will be staged Jan. 20 as part of the MIDEM international music market at the Palais des ...

  10. CELAS Secures Digital Partners

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST CELAS has reported steady progress in the licensing of digital and mobile music rights across Europe. It offers a "one-stop shop" for pan-European licensing. The organization, which operates from offices in London and Germany, was set up ...

  11. RealNetworks Signs Pan-Euro Licensing Deal With CELAS

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks has signed a pan-European licensing deal for its Real Music services with CELAS, the company set up to represent EMI Music Publishing's repertoire for online and mobile in Europe. The partnership covers the digital entertainment ...

  12. U.K. Music Launches As One Voice For Biz

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, a new umbrella organization for the British music industry, is officially open for business and will begin by addressing the thorny issue of illegal file-sharing. The industry body launched today (Oct. 27) and will aim to be one voice ...

  13. MusicTank Gets Sharkey

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Feargal Sharkey, CEO of recently formed U.K. lobbying group U.K. Music has been confirmed as keynote speaker for the first of four Think Tank sessions on digital issues at the MCPS-PRS Alliance's central London headquarters. The initial event ...

  14. Grainge, will.i.am Support Comes With Music Launch

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge and will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas were among those lending their support to Nokia's new all-you-can-eat music package Comes With Music at the launch in London. The service, rolling ou ...

  15. Diverse Recipient List For Gold Badge Awards

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recipients of the U.K.'s 35th Gold Badge Awards, held annually to recognize the achievements of often-overlooked members of the biz, have been revealed. The awards will be held, in association with the MCPS-PRS Alliance, on Oct. 29 at Lon ...

  16. SGAE Joins Warner/Chappell Pan-Euro Digital Licence

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors and publishers collecting society SGAE has signed an accord with Warner/Chappell Music to distribute its English-language catalog via continental Europe on Internet and mobile suppliers. Warner/Chappell Music has issued SGAE with t ...

  17. UKMusic Launches To Represent British Biz

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new organization, UKMusic, has launched with the support of eight trade bodies from the U.K. music industry. UKMusic officially began work on Sept. 25 after British Music Rights (BMR) - which represented the views of composers and songwriters to ...

  18. PRS Wins Legal Battle To Halt Pan-Euro Licence

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society the Performing Right Society (PRS) has a won a court case to prevent its Dutch equivalent, Buma, from issuing an unauthorised pan-European licence for online rights. Buma announced on July 19 that it had issued such a licen ...

  19. Playlouder Rebuffs Reports Of ISP Download Deal

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Media technology company Playlouder MSP has rebuffed online reports that it is ready to partner with a major U.K. ISP on a music service that allows users to download from file-sharing networks by compensating rights holders. The London-based comp ...

  20. Fan Videos Drive Online Writers' Revenue

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has revealed figures for the most popular songs on licensed Web Sites last year, including YouTube, iTunes and Bebo, with Syco Music artist Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" coming out on top ...

  21. Sony BMG Teams With Muzu TV

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG U.K. has become the first major music company to strike a video content agreement with Muzu TV, an ad-funded online multimedia music service launching in Beta format today. Muzu TV, a privately-owned venture belonging to the Ireland-regis ...

  22. Elderton Elected MPA Chair

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An animated debate on the future of music publishing formed the backdrop for this year's annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Music Publishers Association. The meeting, held Tuesday in central London, kicked off with elections for positi ...

  23. Performance, Digital Royalties Top Mechanicals

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The collecting arm for U.K. mechanical and performance rights societies MCPS and PRS today reports that combined revenue from broadcasting and digital uses for the first time have out-performed revenue from recorded physical product. In announcing ...

  24. Authors’ Pain In Spain Eases

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors body SGAE is claiming that publishers' reliance on physical product sales is a thing of the past after revealing a 10% rise in rights collections to €344 million ($534 million) during 2007. Speaking at the 91,000-member collec ...

  25. Merlin Membership Reaches Milestone

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the independent label community's digital rights agency, has accumulated more than 12,000 members to-date, Billboard.biz has learned. The London-based association, which opened for business in January during the Midem trade fair in Ca ...

  26. Societies Promote Pan-European Licensing

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Over the last three years, the way music publishing rights in Europe are licensed for online uses has been going through a process of change. It's the subject of a feature article in Billboard magazine that hit the street on April 11 (Billboa ...

  27. U.K. Debate Simmers On Secondary Ticketing

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Heated debate during a conference in central London last night (March 18) illustrated that dialog on regulating the U.K. secondary-ticketing sector will continue to simmer for the forseeable future. Emotions ran high at "Ticket Touting: Going ...

  28. Warner/Chappell Strikes Three Pan-European Deals

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music has signed three separate deals at MIDEM for European collecting societies to grant pan-European licenses for digital uses. The deals follow the publisher's announcement last year at this time that it was talking to coll ...

  29. Peermusic, MCPS-PRS, SGAE Forge Euro Alliance

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Leading independent music publisher Peermusic today used the platform of Midem to unveil a pan-European online and mobile licensing accord with Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance and Spanish society SGAE. Through the agreement, SGAE will represent P ...

  30. Acts Unveils For Midem Brit Night

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Reverend & The Makers and Richard Hawley are among the acts confirmed for the British Music at Midem event, a showcase for rising U.K. artists to perform for the global music industry. British Music at Midem, which includes an acoustic set fol ...

  31. Evans Joins Virtual Law

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Crispin Evans, former general counsel of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, will be serving as a consultant to Virtual Law in London. Virtual Law, founded by Oliver Brice, is a legal business that provides clients with an out-sourced "in-house" lega ...

  32. Direct-Licensing Deal For Radiohead's 'Rainbows'

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead's industry model-busting new digital album release, "In Rainbows," will sidestep traditional authors’ rights licensing channels, Billboard.biz understands. The British alternative-rock act's anticipated new album, its ...

  33. MCPS-PRS Strikes Accord With YouTube

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance has become the first collecting society outside the U.S. to strike a license deal with YouTube. The U.K. agreement, unveiled today, applies to more than 10 million works available through YouTube, including music ...

  34. Pandora Refuses To Rule Out U.K. Launch

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pandora has not shut the door on launching its Internet streaming service in the United Kingdom. Pandora baulked at going live in Britain following the announcement of new Webcaster royalty rates set recently by Britain's Copyright Tribunal. ...

  35. MCPS Launches License For Small Biz, Individuals

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MCPS, the U.K. mechanical rights collecting society, has launched a new license for small businesses and consumers who want to press their own physical copies of copyright-protected music. The Limited Manufacture Licence is targeted at schools, we ...

  36. MCPS-PRS, MTV Europe Forge 'Landmark' Deal

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has signed its first blanket TV license agreement with MTV Networks (MTVN) Europe. The deal, which covers the use of the Alliance's catalog of 10 million music works on 35 MTVN channels Europe-wide, i ...

  37. Yahoo! Blasts U.K. Online Royalty Decision

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo! Music has attacked the per-track minimum payments structure for U.K. digital sales which was endorsed earlier this week by the Copyright Tribunal. The U.K. Tribunal, which settles copyright disputes, approved the settlement reached between ...

  38. Copyright Tribunal Endorses Online Royalty Settlement

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Copyright Tribunal has endorsed the settlement agreement for online and mobile royalty rates reached between the MCPS-PRS Alliance and a string of online music companies. According to the Alliance, the Tribunal decision confirms an agreem ...

  39. U.K.'s MPA Calls For Stronger Bonds With BPI

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. publishing industry must place greater value in partnership and unity moving forward, attendees heard at today's annual general meeting of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) in London. MPA chairman Paul Curran, re-elected for his ...

  40. MCPS-PRS General Counsel Evans Exits

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Crispin Evans will exit as general counsel of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, with immediate effect, after his post was made redundant. In a statement issued today, the Alliance paid respect to Evans for having dealt with "a number of significant issu ...

  41. Scottish Electronica Acts To Go North

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Scottish music festival Go North is to introduce a dedicated area for electronica this year. The event, now in its sixth year, will take place June 7-8 in the northern city of Inverness for the first time. It has generally been staged in the north ...

  42. Midem Day One: DRM Takes Center Stage

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST A buzzing and busy Midem opened for business today (Jan. 21), on what would otherwise have been a sunny, lazy Sunday. The annual music industry convention, now in its 41st year, continued to play host to the MidemNet conference, the specialist tec ...

  43. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach ...

  44. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three online companies continue with Tribunal action. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. A ...

  45. Partial Settlement Reached Over Digital Royalty Rates

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Groups agree on rates for mobile and online uses. A partial settlement over publishers' royalty rates for digital uses was reached today (Sept. 29) as U.K. Copyright Tribunal proceeding were scheduled to begin in London. British labels' ...

  46. Singer To Split With U.K.'s MCPS-PRS

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 months after joining the collecting society. Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 mont ...

  47. Singer To Split With U.K.'s MCPS-PRS

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 months after joining the collecting society. Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 mont ...

  48. MCPS-PRS Rebukes eMusic's Pan-Europe System

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance is contesting the validity of eMusic's pan-European licensing structure. In a statement issued today (Sept. 15), the London-based authors' rights society warned that the n The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Allian ...

  49. MCPS-PRS Rebukes eMusic's Pan-Europe System

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance is contesting the validity of eMusic's pan-European licensing structure. In a statement issued today (Sept. 15), the London-based authors' rights society warned that the n The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Allian ...

  50. U.K. Charts Company OCC Appoints New Exec

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Meriel Blackburn joins as head of charts operations. The Official U.K. Charts Company (OCC) has appointed Meriel Blackburn to be the new head of chart operations. She reports to Omar Maskatiya, OCC chart director, and replaces Paul Want, who leave ...

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