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PRS for Music licenses Amazon MP3 service 

19 January 2009


PRS for Music (previously known as the MCPS-PRS Alliance) has announced today that they have signed a licensing deal with Amazon EU S.a.r.l., for Amazon’s new MP3 download store in the UK.

Launched on 3 December 2008, the deal provides the service with access to the Anglo-American mechanical repertoire of peermusic, Chrysalis and other UK independent publishers, as well as the communication to the public rights of all PRS for Music direct members (excluding EMI Music Publishing writers).

The Amazon deal also provides the service access to Warner/Chappell's Anglo-American catalogue, via PRS for Music’s participation in Warner/Chappell’s PEDL Initiative.

Andrew Shaw, MD for Broadcast and Online at PRS for Music said:‘Amazon have established a hugely successful MP3 store in the US and we are excited about the potential they have in the UK.  PRS for Music has been able to provide an essential and wide repertoire base to Amazon and hopes that this is the start of a strong working relationship, offering them support in any future expansion plans.’

Nigel Elderton, Managing Director, peermusic added:‘I am delighted that we have been able to play a part in the launch of this exciting new service and look forward to a great future with such a dynamic partner. I hope this will be the first of many such deals for peermusic and PRS for Music.’

About Amazon

Amazon.co.uk is a trading name for Amazon EU S.à.r.l., Amazon Services Europe S.à.r.l. and Amazon Media EU S.à.r.l. All three are wholly owned subsidiaries of global online retailer Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), located in Seattle, Washington.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 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.


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