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Introduction

Spotify has reached a deal with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) whereby major and independent music publishers can claim royalties for the use of music by the service in the US if ownership information was previously unknown.

Highlights

  • Spotify has agreed to create a $30m pool to cover unmatched royalty payments, and the NMPA is advising its members to opt in to the deal. However, some rights holders are expected to continue down the legal route to fully resolve the problem of streaming services and unmatched music.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the problem of unmatched music use by streaming services in the US and the deal between the NMPA and Spotify to resolve the problem.
  • Explains why rights holders may be advised not to opt in to the deal.

Key questions answered

  • Just how big is the problem of unmatched music in the US?
  • Will the deal between the NMPA and Spotify bring an end to the problem of unmatched music?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • The long road to comprehensive song identification
  • Matching music with rights holders
  • NMPA deal not the end of the problem for Spotify

Appendix

  • Author

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