Australian Collecting Society Inks Licensing Deal With Facebook

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A Facebook logo is seen on an iPhone screen in this photo illustration on Nov. 20, 2017. 

Australian collecting society APRA AMCOS announced Wednesday (Aug. 15) a landmark agreement with Facebook that will see Australian, New Zealand and international songwriters, composers and music publishers remunerated for the use of their music on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger.

The deal with Facebook licenses the use of millions of songs it represents in Australia and New Zealand including the songs of its 95,000 songwriter and publisher members.

“We are delighted to be working with Facebook to ensure the creative content of our members and affiliates that is used on the platform is fairly remunerated,” said APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston. “This is a landmark deal not just for songwriters, composers and music publishers, it also provides the Australian and New Zealand public with peace of mind that music rights holders will be compensated for the use of their works on Facebook.”​

Anjali Southward, Head of International Music Publishing Business Development, Facebook, added: ”We are excited to announce our partnership with APRA AMCOS. Music is an incredible source of expression and connection. We look forward to developing innovative ways to use music-related features to help people connect with each other, their communities and their favourite artists."

Also as part of the agreement, APRA AMCOS will also be working with Facebook to help develop its rights reporting system.

Other music industry organizations to previously sign licensing deals with Facebook include Merlin, Beggars Group, Warner Music and Universal Music, among others.