PRS for Music and SoundCloud reach a multi-territory licensing agreement

This year we saw Soundcloud remove so many users accounts due to a confusion with copyright infringement as they were preparing to introduce subscriptions and advertising in the new year and unfortunately made their ‘three strikes’ rule hit up many DJ’s doing mixes and building their name and even saw them move over to competitors like Mixcloud

It then saw PRS for music & Soundcloud in a legal battle for a short time and now they have come to an agreement and via their website they stated:

The agreement will allow PRS for Music’s members to receive royalties when their works are used by SoundCloud and accelerate SoundCloud’s development for the benefit of all creators who use the service, by:

  • Ensuring fair value for the use of PRS for Music repertoire on SoundCloud.
  • Paving the way for new SoundCloud services and functionality across Europe in 2016.
  • Bringing both organisations together to work on ways to further increase the value of SoundCloud to creators, and improving metadata and the identification of repertoire for royalty distribution.
  • Bringing to an end the legal proceedings brought by PRS for Musicin August.

Both owners of the companies said that they are happy that they have come to an agreement quickly. With PRS for music Founder Robert Ashford Saying ‘”Many of our members love the SoundCloud service and I greatly appreciate their management’s willingness to work with us in the way they have” & CEO of Soundcloud, Alexander Ljung saying “SoundCloud is a platform by creators, for creators; we’re working hard to create a platform where all creators can be paid for their work’

This change will soon allow music creators that earn from Soundcloud, this is great with the main reason using the service to promote their work. But what will this mean for the DJ’s that put their mixes on soundcloud when doing a mix promoting these artists? Will Soundcloud become another streaming service similar to spotify and Tidal so it will take a monthly fee. But we can be sure that artists will benefit from this change!

We will have to see what happens in 2016


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