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CELAS, GEMA, SACEM, SACEM/DEAL, PRS for Music, PAECOL and ARMONIA sign Memorandum to use latest version of CCID 

21st July 2011

The European collecting societies GEMA, SACEM (with ARMONIA), PRS for Music as well as the agencies CELAS, PAECOL and DEAL have developed a new format to standardise files accompanying invoices. The Claim Confirmation & Invoice Details (CCID) standard version 13 will improve communication between licensors and licensees.

Version 13 of CCID brings a new standardised dispute reporting facility and greater transparency with respect to individual invoices. In addition, multiple currencies for usage and invoicing can also be shown. The benefits of these new features include improved data quality and also a higher level of efficiency as well as lower transaction and communications costs.

In a “Memorandum of Understanding”, the societies and agencies involved in the development have agreed to use the new CCID Version 13.

Alexander Wolf and Nick Williamson, the Managing Directors of CELAS, are convinced of the new format: “CCID Version 13 will enable us to simplify the licensing process – that is often regarded as complex – and make it more efficient. The new format is available as of now.”

Michel Allain, Deputy Director of SACEM, clearly thinks: “After DDEX MOU, this new one will largely contribute to the harmonization and standardization of data exchange between DSPs and societies. ARMONIA partners are already implementing this latest CCID version.”

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

About CELAS (www.celas.eu)

CELAS GmbH is a joint venture between GEMA and its British sister society PRS for Music, which attends to the Pan-European licensing of the Anglo-American mechanical repertoire of EMI Music Publishing in the field of online and mobile services. The founding of CELAS is based on the online recommendation of the European Commission from October 18, 2005.

About GEMA (www.gema.de)

In Germany, GEMA represents the copyrights of more than 64,000 members (composers, lyricists, and music publishers), and GEMA also represents over 2 million copyright owners all over the world. Worldwide, it is one of the largest societies for authors of music works.

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About SACEM (www.sacem.fr)

SACEM is a non-profit membership organization for managing rights and royalties of authors, composers and publishers of musical works. Its primary mission is to collect royalties and to redistribute these equitably to rights holders. Founded over 150 years ago, SACEM was the first society in the world to represent musical rights holders. It has

established itself as a key international player and a driving force in rights management. SACEM counts today over 137,000 members worldwide. It manages 40 million works.

About PAECOL

PAECOL GmbH attends to the Pan-European licensing of the Anglo-American mechanical repertoire of SONY/ATV Music Publishing in the field of online and mobile services. The founding of PAECOL is based on the online recommendation of the European Commission from October 18, 2005.

About ARMONIA (www.armoniaonline.eu)

Currently, ARMONIA represents the repertoires of SACEM, SGAE, SIAE in Europe and Latin-America jointly with Anglo-American works of Universal Music Publishing and Latin Works of SONY/ATV and Peer Music. ARMONIA grants access to more than 5.5 million works.

About DEAL

SACEM and Universal Music Publishing International Ltd ("UMPI") have signed a DEAL Memorandum to license and administer jointly the Anglo-American Universal Repertoire for multi-territorial online and mobile exploitation.

Press / media contacts:

CELAS/GEMA/PAECOL:
Katharina Reindlmeier

E-mail: kreindlmeier@gema.de

Tel.: +49 (0) 89 - 48 003 449

SACEM/ARMONIA/DEAL:
Simon De Luca

E-mail: simon.de.luca@sacem.fr

Tel.: +33 (0) 1 47 15 45 93

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