Appointment of Merlin’s New Board

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by Thomas DroneFriday, Nov 15th 2013 at 10:04AM Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, has announced the results of its biennial board election. The vote attracted the highest ever number of candidates, with Merlin members determining the make-up of the 15-seat board. Seats are divided into three territorial blocs, with equal representation given to North America, Europe …

Charles Caldas Op-Ed in VentureBeat Magazine – “Why We Haven’t Reached Digital Music’s Golden Era”

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Charles Caldas (for VentureBeat) – October 23, 2013 12:39 PM Charles Caldas is CEO of global independent music rights agency Merlin. Hypothetically, digital music fans should currently be living through a golden era. But short-sighted interests could be leading us into a dysfunctional new era of the music business instead. Allow me to explain. After an occasionally traumatic period whilst …

Merlin CEO Charles Caldas: Major Labels Are Setting New Music Services Up to Fail

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JANKO ROETTGERS OCT 12, 2013 – 7:00 AM CDT Merlin CEO Charles Caldas loves subscription music. But he is not so sure about some of the services slated to come to market early next year. Merlin, a UK-based organization that represents the global digital rights of indie labels from more than 35 countries, is currently talking to Beats Music, Samsung …

Merlin’s Appointment of Roger Gold as US Commercial and Strategic Advisor

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by RHIAN JONES – Monday, Oct 7th 2013 at 3:21PM Global rights agency Merlin has hired former Warner Music Group executive Roger Gold. Having recently left WMG after 17 years of service, Gold’s expertise will be used to bolster Merlin’s commercial and licensing activities in the USA alongside CEO Charles Caldas and head of business affairs Charlie Lexton. Recruited on an …

Merlin Turns 5

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Membership Numbers And Catalogue Value Continue To Show Substantial Growth Members’ repertoire represents in excess of 10% of digital music market Catalogue continues to grow, totals over 3 million tracks London, 6th June – Merlin turns five this year, and has plenty to celebrate. The global rights agency’s ongoing success has seen it continue to attract a steady stream of …

Merlin Research

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•    92% of respondents saw streaming and subscription revenues increase year-on-year, a third by over 100% •    Two thirds report increases in a-la-carte download sales over same period •Merlin labels’ share of streaming services is 12-20% higher than their overall digital shares in US and UK •   Royalties in excess of $65m expected in streaming revenues for Merlin members during 2013 16th May 2013, The Great …

Impala Annual Outstanding Contribution Award Goes to Merlin’s CEO Charles Caldas

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Charles Caldas, CEO of MERLIN (www.merlinnetwork.org) is the latest winner of the IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award. He joins prestigious recipients such as Martin Mills and Mario Pacheco on the winners’ list of IMPALA’s annual award, which recognises the unrivaled efforts of an individual or organisation to promote and develop European independent music and the sector’s diversity. MERLIN, the very first …

Fast Company Names Merlin 5th Most Innovative Music Company in the World

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Merlin has been included in the prestigious Fast Company list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies – making number 5 in the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Music. Published each February, the list celebrates achievements across technology, business and design sectors. Fast Company has recognised Merlin for representing thousands of independent music companies with “the strength of a …

Impala & Merlin Reach Agreement with Warner Music Group to Strengthen the Independent Sector

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As part of their remit to strengthen the independents, IMPALA and Merlin confirmed today that they have struck a landmark agreement with Warner Music Group. The agreement arose out of the regulatory process in the EU concerning Universal’s purchase of EMI’s recorded music business, which resulted in Universal being required to sell a significant portion of the acquired business (as …

Merlin’s Criticism of the Launch of Myspace Without a License from Merlin

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By Ben Sisario – Jan. 20, 2013 Last week, Justin Timberlake’s new song, “Suit & Tie,” did double promotional duty. Not only was it a teaser for Mr. Timberlake’s latest album, but it also served as an introduction for a revamped version of Myspace, the once-mighty social network and music site. Mr. Timberlake is a minority partner in the investor group …

Muve Music from Cricket Inks Deal with Independent Rights Agency Merlin

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SAN DIEGO – Oct. 25, 2011 – Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, today announced that its Muve Music service has signed an agreement with the global Independent rights agency Merlin to bring its members catalog of more than two million songs to the first wireless music service designed specifically for the phone. Merlin’s repertoire …

Merlin Reaction to EC Approval of Universal/Emi

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London UK – 21 September, 2012: – Reacting to the European Commission’s decision to allow Universal’s acquisition of EMI albeit subject to extensive divestments, Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin has issued a statement as follows: “Merlin is disappointed that Universal has been allowed to enhance its market leading position – even to a limited degree. That said, the concessions Universal has …

Merlin Reaction to FTC Approval of Universal/Emi

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London UK – 21 September, 2012: – Reacting to the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to clear Universal Music’s acquisition of EMI, with no conditions, Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin has issued a statement as follows: “This Federal Trade Commission decision is extremely disappointing, and deeply misguided.  The European Commission raised a series of very significant competition issues resulting from the UMG/EMI transaction which required an extensive set …

Merlin Board Votes Unanimously to Continue Opposition to Universal/Emi Merger Proposal

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London UK – 17 July, 2012: – A meeting of Merlin’s board yesterday voted unanimously to continue its opposition to the proposed purchase of EMI by Universal. Merlin, the global digital rights agency representing independent rights owners, has opposed Universal’s proposed acquisition of EMI from the outset in its submissions to the EC, arguing that it would severely threaten the development …

Deezer Clinches Worldwide Deal with Merlin

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Global licensing deal sees world’s leading independent labels now available to Deezer Subscribers  London UK – 10 May, 2012: The global independent rights agency, Merlin today announced a comprehensive licensing agreement with Deezer, a leading streaming subscription service. The international breadth of Merlin’s membership and the global nature of its licensing made Merlin the perfect partner for Deezer’s global ambitions …

Merlin Announces Settlement of Copyright Infringement Claims Against LimeWire

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Global independent music rights agency Merlin agrees groundbreaking Settlement With LimeWire First time independents have participated in settlement of copyright infringement claims against a global peer-to-peer service 1st March 2012:- The global independent music rights agency Merlin has settled a long running copyright infringement claim on behalf of its members against the now defunct peer-to-peer service LimeWire. The settlement was …

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Global Rights Body Merlin Opens Doors To World’s Independents

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All Independent Labels, Distributors And Aggregators Invited To Join Former EMI Europe Business Affairs Head Charlie Lexton Engaged Midem, Cannes 27th January Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independents, today opened its doors to label, distributor and aggregator members across the world. Within the coming days membership documents will be circulated via the global network of national trade …

Merlin Strikes Licensing Deal with YouTube

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Long-Awaited Deal is Music to Ears of YouTube Fans Antony and the Johnsons, The Prodigy, Yeasayer and Grizzly Bear Among Top Independent Acts Covered Under Deal 12 noon ET Weds 19th October : Independents’ global rights agency Merlin has agreed a global licensing deal with YouTube.  The agreement unlocks revenues to Merlin’s member labels whenever their official releases, or user-generated videos featuring their repertoire, are …

Merlin’s Influence Consolidated by New US Board & Members

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Senior Executives at Epitaph, E1, Yep Roc/Redeye and Domino USA join US Board New members including Sub Pop, Merge, Naxos of America add further weight to roster of over 14,000 labels 20th June 2011:- Global rights agency Merlin has voted four new US members to its board in a recent member election.  The appointments, from some of the leading US independents, are: Dave Hansen, General Manager, Epitaph (Weezer, New Found Glory) William Crowley, VP Digital & Mobile, E1 …

Independent Artists’ Chart Success Underlines Changed Digital Music Landscape

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Merlin Survey Independent Artists’ Chart Success Underlines Changed Digital Music Landscape (Adele, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, et al lead the charge) 22 artists represented by Merlin members score number 1s in at least one major territory, – more than 50 Merlin member artists bag top 5 albums in 2010/2011 US Albums market share for independents is 57% greater for digital …

Merlin Agrees Multi-Million Copyright Infringement Settlement

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Merlin agrees to settlement of copyright infringement claims with XM Satellite Radio over the Pioneer Inno and similar devices Successful class settlement means Merlin members and entire independent label community will benefit 11th April 2011 – The global independent music agency Merlin has agreed to a settlement of a long-running dispute with XM Satellite Radio over the Pioneer Inno recordable …

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Merlin Enchants Simfy

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Through a landmark deal with Merlin, simfy has become the first German music platform to offer its users access to the catalogues of the world’s most prestigious independent record labels. Cologne, 24th May 2010 – simfy, Germany’s largest streaming subscription service, has signed a comprehensive licensing agreement with global independent rights agency Merlin, who represent the most valuable basket of …

Rdio to Feature Top Indie Artists From Merlin

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Licensing Deal Brings World’s Leading Independent Artists To Rdio Arcade Fire, Spoon, The xx and The National Among Top Indie Acts Available to Subscribers Rdio subscribers can now listen to top indie artists including Vampire Weekend, The Pixies, Belle and Sebastian, Tim McGraw, and Boards of Canada as a result of a licensing agreement with global independent rights agency, Merlin. Rdio …

Sky and Merlin Reach Agreement to Further Bolster Sky Songs’ Artist Portfolio

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Deal adds global Independent market leaders to Sky Songs catalogue – Artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective, Bjork and Maximo Park now available to stream and download to own December 21st 2009 – Sky has reached an agreement with global independent rights agency Merlin to add a wide variety of leading artists to Sky Songs, the recently launched digital …