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UK authors’ society PRS for Music has begun legal action against the online audio streaming service SoundCloud.


  • In a notice to its members, Karen Buse, executive director, membership and international at PRS, said the decision came after “careful consideration” and followed “five years of unsuccessful negotiations” to agree a license.

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  • The research note details the legal action taken by UK authors' society PRS for Music against the online audio streaming service SoundCloud.
  • The research note assesses the chances of success for PRS and the implications of a successful legal challenge.

Key questions answered

  • Why has PRS for Music taken legal action against SoundCloud?
  • What are the implications for authors and publishers as well as digital music services in the case against SoundCloud?

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  • Summary
  • PRS challenging SoundCloud’s safe harbor protection claims
  • SoundCloud has a different take
  • Wider implications of the legal action


  • Author

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