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Reform of collecting societies draws nearer

Simon Crompton, London


The organisation of Europe’s collecting societies, which is largely on a member state basis, has frustrated licensees for years. But more recently it has also denied users new ways of accessing music

Collecting societies redistribute fees for the use of music created by or owned by their members - musicians, record companies and publishers. Nearly all operate nationally, with sometimes more than one society per country, such as the PRS and PPL...


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