Music licensing borders begin decay

PPL has reached what will become a scrum of reciprocal deals between artist collection agencies, revealing an agreement with Belgian performer society URADEX.
The reciprocal deal covers PPL and URADEX members for the exchange of equitable remuneration of public performance, broadcast and private copying of sound recordings in the UK and Belgium. The agreement has generated immediate receipts for PPL and Uradex members whilst also ensuring that performers from both countries will receive backdated monies from 1996.
PPL’s Head of International, Laurence Oxenbury, said, “Belgium is a diverse music market and is very open to UK repertoire and we are therefore delighted to put this agreement in place which has generated immediate receipts for our performer members.”
URADEX has in the past experienced problems with distributing the money collected, the PPL release notes, saying, “however, with the appointment of new management at the beginning of 2007 and the support of other societies the problems have been overcome, enabling URADEX to begin to distribute money to Belgium and International performers.”
Cj Bowland and dance project Technotronic are a few of the Belgium artists who will benefit from UK airplay royalties, while UK dance artists including The Shapeshifters and Freestylers will benefit from the popularity of UK dance music in Belgium.

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