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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.

Last.fm launches royalty payments for unsigned acts

Last.fm has introduced what seems to be a fairly useful royalty scheme for unsigned acts. What this means is that independent artists can collect royalties from Last.fm each and every time their track is listened to through the site, which is a nice way to make a little income and the first time artists who are independent of a label or royalty collection agency can get paid for their music being streamed online
Unsigned and independent artists can sign up for the program when they upload their music to Last.fm, and earn revenue when their tracks are played free-on-demand, or on Last.fm’s streaming radio, or both.
The deal follows Last.fm’s introduction of the Artist Royalty Program, which offered independent acts revenue for use of their music and since the launch of which over 450,000 tracks have been uploaded to Last.fm and offered for free-on-demand streaming.
 Martin Stiksel, Last.fm co-founder, said: “This is a big day for independent artists. We’re leveling the playing field by offering them the same opportunities as established bands to make money from their music. The young musician making music in a bedroom studio has the same chance as the latest major label signing to use Last.fm to build an audience and get rewarded. The Artist Royalty Program is another revolutionary step towards helping musicians take control of their music — and, more importantly, make a living from it.”
Artists can upload their music and sign up for the Artist Royalty Program at: http://last.fm/uploadmusic.