Facebook Inks Licensing Deal With France's Sacem
French authors' rights society Sacem has become the latest music industry organization to strike a licensing deal with Facebook.
In addition to covering the use of Sacem repertoire for video and other social experiences, the multi-year agreement also covers works from Wixen Music Publishing and Canadian society Socan, whose online repertoires are administered by Sacem on a Pan-European basis.
The society has a similar arrangement with Universal Music Publishing International, which partnered with Facebook back in December as part of UMG's headline-grabbing license deal with the social media giant.
Platforms covered by the new Sacem deal include Facebook, Instagram and Oculus across more than 180 territories.
Echoing the pledges of other music organizations who have partnered with the California-based company, Sacem says it with work with Facebook on the "goal of establishing a first-class management system for the joint benefit of the companies and the music community as a whole."
"This deal marks a new milestone in our efforts to ensure that musicians and creators are fairly remunerated for the use of their works on any digital platform," said Sacem CEO Jean-Noël Tronc in a statement announcing the deal.
"In an increasingly digital age, platforms and User-Generated-Content are set to play a prominent role in our cultural eco-system," Tronc went on to say, vowing to "continue to work to safeguard the long-term existence of a thriving musical culture by concluding fair licensing agreements." Sacem's deal with Facebook is consistent with that goal, he said.
"We are extremely proud to represent Universal Music Publishing International, Wixen Music Publishing and Socan in such an important new partnership," added Cécile Rap-Veber, Sacem's director of licensing and international.
"They have entrusted us with their rights for the digital exploitation of their repertoires, for such a vast number of countries, and we are committed to ensuring the same level of control and protection for their repertoire as for our own," she said.
Facebook's Anjali Southward was no less effusive, saying that the company "is committed to partnering with industry leaders like Sacem and we look forward to working with them to discover innovative ways to use the power of songs to connect people."
The announcement comes just over a week after Warner Music agreed a license deal with Facebook to make the company's recorded and publishing catalogs available to users of the social media network.
Alongside Universal and Warner, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing, Global Music Rights, HFA/Rumblefish and pan-European rights hub ICE have also partnered with Facebook over the past three months.