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The NMPA settles with Roblox and announces ‘innovative partnerships’ with the gaming platform

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The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and gaming platform Roblox have reached an agreement that will put an end to the legal conflict between the two parties and bring music publishers' repertoire to the metaverse.

The agreement "settles any previous claims against Roblox and sets the foundation for future partnerships with global publishers that will unlock new creative and commercial opportunities on its platform," according to a statement.

It added, "The deal paves the...

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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).

Digital Economy

Merlin renews licensing agreement with Meta; partnership includes access to a new suite of tools to drive fandom and discovery

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Independent labels' digital music licensing company Merlin has renewed its global licensing agreement with Meta Platforms, in a strategic partnership that includes access to a new suite of tools and features that will enable Meta users to discover artists and boost the visibility of new releases.

In a statement the two companies said the new agreement underscores Meta’s "recognition of the value and importance of the world’s leading independent labels and distributors," and "reinforces the ...

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Twitch launches DJ streaming option with licenses from Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Merlin

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Gaming platform Twitch has launched a dedicated programme that will enable DJs to stream music from a vast catalogue of recordings.

The new DJ Category is made possible by a first-of-its-kind partnership and licensing agreements with with hundreds of companies, including all of three major labels — Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music — and a large number of independent labels and other rights holders represented by Merlin.

"We’ve worked with music partners over the p...

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Merlin unveils new initiative to help emerging technology platforms license repertoire from independent labels

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Licensing agency for independent labels Merlin has launched Merlin Connect to facilitate licensing repertoire from independent labels to emerging technology platforms.

"The initiative will make music licensing more accessible to a select group of promising emerging technology platforms by delivering fully cleared, quality music," said Merlin in a statement. "Our aim is to find and empower the next generation of music monetisation opportunities for Merlin’s membership of independent record l...

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