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 …

Additional Quotes from Merlin Members on MySpace Music Agreement

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“Thanks go out to the good folks at Merlin for achieving this important milestone, which benefits the whole independent music community. It’s only fitting that independents, so instrumental to the success of MySpace, be recognized for their contributions.” Brett Gurwitz – Owner, Epitaph Records “Domino is very pleased that Merlin was able to secure a balanced partnership with MySpace Music. …

MySpace Music and Merlin Strike Comprehensive Global Agreement

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Independent Labels Representing 10% Of Global Music Market To Join MySpace Music Deal Sees MySpace Music Further Commit To Independents With Launch Of Growth Participation Plan Merlin Nominee Invited To Participate In MySpace Music Board Meetings LOS ANGELES – November 23, 2009 – MySpace Music, the premier online music community and leading independent music agency Merlin today announced a comprehensive …

MySpace Merlin Announcement – Q&A

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Can you describe this comprehensive deal between MSM and Merlin?The commercial terms are confidential, of course, but we can tell you that it includes: .Merlin’s member labels will now be eligible to market, promote, and monetize their content on MySpace Music, get enhanced data surrounding the activity on the Site, and be able to improve the connections between Merlin Label …

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Merlin Signs First Global Video Deal With Muzu.TV

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Artists including Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys and The White Stripes to join award-winning service Dublin, Ireland – July 14th, 2009 – MUZU.TV, the award-winning music video website and distribution platform, has signed a global video licensing deal with Merlin, the global licensing agency with the largest basket of rights outside the four major labels. The first video licensing deal that …

Merlin Strikes Deal With Catch Media

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16th March, 2009 – MERLIN, the global rights agency and virtual fifth major, representing major independents including Domino, Beggars Group, KOCH (nowE1 Music), Epitaph and [PIAS], whose artist rosters include Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Anthony & The Johnsons, Basement Jaxx, Bjork, DJ Khaled, Franz Ferdinand, Maxïmo Park, Röyksopp, and Vampire Weekend, has announced a deal with Catch Media, for their Play …

Merlin Signs Deal With iMesh

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Independents’ Digital Rights Agency Strike Deal With US’ 3rd Largest Subscription Service Includes Settlement For Use Of Repertoire On Lphant P2P Network Bjork, Franz Ferdinand, Anthony & The Johnsons Among Artists To Benefit March 9th 2009 – MERLIN, the global rights agency and virtual fifth major, representing major independents including Domino, Beggars Group, KOCH (now E1 Music), Epitaph and [PIAS], …

Merlin, th Virtual Fifth Major, To Join Spotify At Launch

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October 7, 2008: MERLIN, the recently-formed independent global rights agency, whose membership comprises the largest basket of rights outside the four major labels, today announced a landmark agreement with the newly launched Spotify digital music service, which has recognised the importance of independent music to its service. Spotify offers instant access to a world of music that its users will …

MySpace Music Launches Without World’s Leading Independent Labels and Artists

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25th September, 2008 – Said Charles Caldas – CEO, Merlin, Global Rights Body For Independent Sector: “It is incredibly disappointing that MySpace will launch their new service without having finalised a deal with the world’s most important independent labels and artists. It certainly makes Chris DeWolfe’s public statements*, that the “indie bands are really the heart of MySpace”, ring extremely …

Global Rights Body for Independent Music Grows to 8% Share of US Market

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Position Now Equal to that of EMI Music Represents Biggest Bundle of Rights Outside the Four Major Labels Memberships Tops 12,000 Labels in 1st Month UK Members Command 75% market Share of the Top 75 Independent Albums of 2007 New York, NY – June 11, 2008: Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independent music, has seen its membership …

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 2008– 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 …

World’s First Global Indies Rights Body Merlin Launches Website

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www.merlinnetwork.org Full details of aims, scope, structure, membership eligibility English, French and Spanish at launch, additional translations to follow Mandates being prepared 19th November, 2007: Independent music companies the world over have a new online focus thanks to the launch today of www.merlinnetwork.org, the official website of Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independents. The site provides a …