One-stop pan-European online rights hub ICE has signed a multi-territory license with SoundCloud enabling rights holders across Europe to receive royalties from its suite of services, including the recently-launched SoundCloud Go subscription offering.
The deal follows a licensing agreement between SoundCloud and U.K. collecting society PRS for Music in December last year that brought an end to PRS’ suit against the Berlin-based startup over unpaid royalties.
Source: Pan-European Licensing Hub ICE Signs Deal With SoundCloud | Billboard
Designed to enable faster, more cost efficient and simplified rights negotiations for digital music services operating in Europe, the licensing and royalty processing service collectively represents over 250,000 songwriters.
The organization bills itself as the world’s first integrated licensing and processing hub and claims to have the most comprehensive copyright database in Europe. It says it will process online music usage through a single matching engine that will eliminate “unnecessary processing” and significantly reduce disputed claims.
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