Merlin

  1. Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of Merlin As New Board Named

    November 14, 2013 7:00 AM EST Beggars Group founder Martin Mills has been reappointed chairman of the board for Merlin, as the global rights body for independent music companies reports a highest-ever number of candidates for its biennial board election. London-based Mills r ...

  2. SXSW Q&A: Merlin CEO Charles Caldas on Distribution, Streaming, BBQ and Music

    March 15, 2013 5:20 PM EDT =A gathering of thousands of musicians is a good place to find the CEO of a global rights agency that represents independent music companies in over 25 countries. Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin, the nearly five-year-old network that represents ...

  3. Indies Slam Myspace Over Licensing Policy at MIDEM

    January 28, 2013 8:34 AM EST Less than one week after opening up its new design to the public, Myspace found itself in hot water with the community it’s most actively trying to court — indie artists.   Merlin, a global rights agency that represents thousands of independent ...

  4. Myspace’s 
Indie Dilemma

    January 27, 2013 10:45 AM EST Indie labels pull songs from social site days after launch due to expired rights. This article is from the February 2, 2013 edition of Billboard, featuring the only major interview Justin Bieber has granted for the Jan. 29 release of his new album ...

  5. Exclusive: Merlin Reaches Out-of-Court Settlement With LimeWire

    February 29, 2012 10:58 PM EST Independent rights group Merlin has reached an out-of-court settlement with LimeWire, the P2P file-sharing company that was shut down by a federal court in October 2010 due to a "massive scale of infringement." The amount of the settleme ...

  6. Merlin Reaches Global Licensing Deal With YouTube

    October 19, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Merlin, the independent label master rights licensing agency that refers to itself as the fifth major, has reached a global licensing deal with YouTube. Terms of the deal were not released, but the deal points have been published to its members, w ...

  7. Merlin Sues LimeWire, Seeking at Least $5 Million

    July 15, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Merlin has filed a lawsuit against LimeWire, charging that the shuttered peer-to-peer software company has failed to fulfill an agreement to reach a settlement with the indie international music rights group. It is seeking at least $5 million. Ear ...

  8. Merlin Announces New Board Members, Labels

    June 20, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Non-profit global rights agency Merlin has voted four new U.S members to its board in a recent member election from several major independent record labels. The new appointments are Dave Hansen, General Manager, Epitaph (Weezer, New Found Glory); ...

  9. Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO Guest Post: A Gaping Hole in the Clouds -- Indies

    June 03, 2011 11:30 AM EDT (Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin , a global rights body for independent labels. He was formerly the CEO of Shock Records before starting Merlin in 2007. He has also been on the boards of ARIA, AIR and WIN) Services that are serious about providing ...

  10. What Merlin's Deal With Rdio Means for Indies

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST At Billboard's Music and Money conference two years ago, a spirited discussion erupted on a panel when experts debated whether indie artists should strike lowball deals with emerging music streaming sites. Some came down on the side of playin ...

  11. Business Matters: Rdio Gets More Indie; X5 Music To U.S.; Movie-Sharing Lawsuits; Nashville's New Amphitheater

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST RDIO To Get More Indie With Merlin Licensing Deal -- Rdio's music catalog will be more complete after its new deal with indie label licensing agency Merlin . The deal will add the catalogs of such bands as Arcade Fire, The xx, Vampire Weekend ...

  12. Merlin Signs With Audiotube

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Global indie music rights agency Merlin has signed a worldwide licensing deal with online music video platform Audiotube. Billed as the "home of independent music," Audiotube underwent a re-launch in September this year and recently inke ...

  13. Grooveshark Settles With Merlin

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Grooveshark has settled its copyright dispute with Merlin and has licensed the catalogs of the indie music agency's member record labels. The deal compensates Merlin labels for past use of their music as well as future us ...

  14. Merlin Signs Up To Sky Songs

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Global independent rights agency Merlin has signed an agreement to add its repertoire to the recently launched Sky Songs service. The U.K. service, from satellite TV company and Internet Service Provider Sky, combines unlimited streaming with an a ...

  15. MySpace, Merlin Standoff Ends

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace Music and independent music aggregator Merlin buried the hatchet with a deal that adds the company's roster of independent labels to the online streaming music service. While financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed, th ...

  16. Merlin Disenchanted With MySpace Down Under

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The independent music community's digital rights agency Merlin has slammed what it calls the "downright arrogant" approach of MySpace Music for launching in Australia without a licensing deal covering its members. News Corp's M ...

  17. New Merlin Board Unveiled

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global digital licensing agency for the independent sector, has unveiled its new board. The agency's inaugural board will now step down following the board members' two-year term. Following recent elections among the Merlin m ...

  18. Merlin Signs Up With Muzu

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On-demand music video streaming service Muzu.tv has signed a global video licensing deal with Merlin, the indies' digital licensing agency. It is the first video licensing deal that Merlin has signed. Dublin-based Muzu.tv provides free access ...

  19. Indies On The Attack Over Digital Rights

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The indie community has presented a united front over digital rights in a special Popkomm panel. Speaking under the "Impala Presents" banner, delegates flipped the subject of debate at the last minute. The panel had been due to discuss t ...

  20. European Labels Back Streaming Service Spotify

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New music streaming service Spotify launched today in Europe with the support of all four major labels, as well as independent rights body Merlin and independent digital music distributor The Orchard. The service is available in the United Kingdom ...

  21. Updated: MySpace Music Launch 'Unhealthy,' Says Merlin... Not So Says Orchard, MySpace

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for independent labels, has described the launch of MySpace Music without its members' repertoire as "incredibly disappointing." However, the London-based trade association says it remains in negotiati ...

  22. Plugged/Unplugged: iPhone, Last.fm, Merlin

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: The early iPhone reviews are out and for a change the digerati is treating the launch with some degree of restraint (rare among the Apple-fanboy tech press corps). Most of the hesitation was due to AT&T's 3G network, which is val ...

  23. Merlin Cautions Members On Last.fm Program

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for independent music, has alerted its 12,000-plus members to Last.fm's newly launched artist royalty program, warning some of its license terms and conditions appear "ambiguous" and "open to lega ...

  24. Merlin Indie Label Membership Tops 12,000

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for the independent music community, has announced that their combined membership now represents an 8% market share, equal to that of major label EMI. Merlin now counts more than 12,000 independent labels from all ov ...

  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. Midem Quotes Of The Day

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST "If the four majors became members of Merlin, we would give them a big kiss. But so far, there's no kiss," - Michel Lambot, founder and board member, Merlin, and co-president, PIAS Group, is all prepared for a love-in. "We' ...

  27. Merlin Launches Int'l Web Site

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Merlin, the global rights body for independents music companies, on Monday presses the button on its official Web site. The new service, at www.merlinnetwork.org , will provide indies with a clear statement of Merlin's aims, methods and struc ...

  28. Frank To Chair Merlin

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the new rights body for the global independent sector, has appointed Bob Frank of U.S. indie Koch Records as its first chairman. Frank was unanimously elected by his fellow board members and will hold the chairmanship for one year. Merlin, ...

  29. Merlin Spells Out New Board

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the new rights body for the global independent record sector, has formally launched after naming the 15 members of its inaugural board. It has now been fully incorporated as a commercial organization that will be non-profit and member-owne ...

  30. Merlin Invites Board Nominations

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural full board of directors for Merlin, the independent labels' first global digital licensing agency, is open for elections. The board is inviting nominations from indie labels, distributors and music-content aggregators worldwide. ...

  31. Merlin's Board Takes Shape

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent labels' global digital-licensing agency Merlin is in the process of finalizing its full board of directors, an announcement on which will be made in August. Merlin, which is working with the international accountancy group KPMG to ...

  32. Indies Up In Arms Over YouTube

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Key players in the independent label community are preparing for a legal skirmish with YouTube over content being used on the video-sharing site. Sources tell Billboard.biz that the independents are aggrieved with terms proposed by the giant socia ...

  33. Merlin Pulls Snocap Deal Out Of Hat

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Just 24 hours after unveiling its service to the music industry , the independent record sector's new licensing agency Merlin has struck its first agreement. Merlin has agreed to terms with Snocap, which will enable works from indie labels to ...

  34. Indies Cast Collective Digital Spell With Merlin

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST A slew of top independent labels and trade groups have joined forces to launch Merlin, described at the MidemNet event in Cannes today (Jan. 20) as "the world's first global new-media rights licensing agency." Accounting for almost ...