Nokia’s unlimited music service Comes With Music can roll out across Europe after authors’ and publishers’ collecting society PRS For Music brokered licensing deals with several publishers.
Working with PRS for Music, Warner/Chappell Music issued Nokia with digital licenses through its pan-European digital license (PEDL) initiative.
PRS for Music has also administered a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and brokered an agreement on behalf of Peermusic covering their repertoire on a pan-European basis. Chrysalis Music has also agreed a deal for PRS for Music to license its works across Europe.
“We are always trying to offer new music services a comprehensive and simple licensing solution,” said Andrew Shaw, managing director of broadcast and online at PRS for Music, in a statement.
“The zeitgeist of the digital age is to provide licensing solutions for new business models. I’m pleased we can offer such a wide and diverse repertoire to help Nokia extend Comes With Music further.”
It follows a deal announced at the MIDEM international music conference, where a series of independent publishers agreed to license their multi-territory rights collectively through PRS for Music.
“Very early on in our discussions with Nokia we identified ‘Comes With Music’ as a service which should be encouraged and supported,” said Jane Dyball, SVP, international legal and business affairs, at Warner/Chappell Music, in a statement.
“We worked hard to come up with this bespoke deal which offers fans unlimited access to music, whilst retaining value for rights holders and opening up new opportunities for songwriters. Helping to facilitate innovative services like this one is a key advantage of our PEDL Initiative.”