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UK authors’ society PRS for Music and online music service SoundCloud have ended their legal dispute and reached an agreement for a multi-territory license to cover the service.


  • The settling of the dispute means there will be no legal challenge to the safe harbor defense claim and it remains unclear whether services such as YouTube, that rely on safe harbor protection for the use of music, are operating within EU law.

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  • The research note details the settlement of legal action brought by PRS for Music against the online music service SoundCloud.
  • The research note explains why the deal between PRS and SoundCloud has implications for the online video service YouTube.

Key questions answered

  • Why has SoundCloud decided to settle the legal case brought by PRS in August?
  • What implications does the settlement have, if any, for online video service YouTube?

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  • Summary
  • PRS and SoundCloud kiss and make up
  • Deal aids SoundCloud expansion plans
  • Safe harbor defense remains unchallenged


  • Author

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