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Jeremy Sirota, CEO of Merlin (Part 2): ‘We are going to outpace the market and post significant growth in 2020’

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This is part 2 of the interview of Jeremy Sirota, CEO of Merlin, the licensing company for the independent music sector, with Emmanuel Legrand.What's the biggest misconception that tech companies have about the music industry and vice versa? Jeremy Sirota: I think there is not a lot of people who have been on both sides of the equation. I started in music and I moved to tech and now back to the music side at Merlin. But there aren't that many with similar experience. The first 14 years of my lif...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Warner Chappell Music re-ups with ICE

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Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has renewed and expanded its partnership with digital licensing hub ICE. As part of the new agreement, WCM will move all online processing from other European digital licensing administration partners to ICE.

WCM disclosed that the decision follows "a thorough 10-month review, assessing both existing providers and new entrants to the market to identify the solution that will best serve WCM’s songwriters, composers and producers."

Warner Chappell Music's Guy Mo...

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PPL signs Ice Spice for the international collection of neighbouring rights

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British music neighbouring rights licensing company PPL has signed American rapper and songwriter Ice Spice for the collection of her international neighbouring rights royalties.

PPL will collect royalties Ice Spice's behalf for the use of her music on radio, TV and in public spaces around the world. PPL will benefit from PPL's dedicated team of over 200 people, proven data processing technology, and a network of over 110 agreements with collective management organisations (CMOs) internatio...

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Global Music Rights settles case with Vermont Broadcast Associates

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US music rights society Global Music Rights — established in 2013 by artist manager and entrepreneur Irving Azoff — and Vermont Broadcast Associates have reached an agreement to settle GMR’s copyright infringement lawsuit against VBA.

The boutique performing rights organisation filed a lawsuit against VBA three months ago, alleging that the radio group repeatedly and willfully infringed the copyright in songs licensed by GMR. GMR claimed to have identified over 1,600 instances of willful inf...

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