17th January 2009
Qtrax signs pan-European deal with PRS for Music
PRS for Music (previously known as the MCPS-PRS Alliance) has announced today they have signed a pan-European licence deal with Qtrax, the world’s first free and legal peer-to-peer (P2P) digital music site. The deal provides the service with access to the Anglo-American mechanical repertoire of peermusic 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), throughout all European Economic Area (EEA) territories. Andrew Shaw, MD for Broadcast and Online at PRS for Music said: ‘PRS for Music aims to provide new and existing Pan-European services with access to the widest repertoire possible. We are pleased to have been able to facilitate Qtrax’s move into the European market and we are excited about the further expansion of the European market for legitimate digital music services that will result from today’s launch.’ Qtrax President and CEO Alan Klepfisz said: ‘Critical to the success of Qtrax has always been a presence in the UK. We are grateful to PRS for Music for its professionalism, knowledge of new media and its support for a legitimate ad-supported P2P platform.’ The Qtrax deal signals a successful start to PRS for Music's online PEL strategy and they are expected to be the first of many deals in the near future, which will cover all mobile and online service types.
For more information, get in touch:
Barney Hooper, Head of PR:
02073064548 / 07979 757052
Catherine George, Media Relations Manager:
02073064229 / 07535 700965
For licensing queries, email: PELlicensing@prsformusic.com or call +44 (0) 207 306 4180
The bit about us:
PRS for Music exists to help businesses and community users get access to some of the world’s best loved songs, while making sure that songwriters, composers and publishers are rightfully rewarded whenever their musical works are played, performed or reproduced. PRS for Music provides the permissions needed to use music for any product or space, from a TV programme or YouTube video, to the workplace radio and every possibility in between. Through effective, fair and transparent licensing we ensure that creators can keep on creating by delivering vital income to all our 60,000 membership. PRS for Music is proud to keep one of the UK’s most vibrant creative industries working.
Tel: 020 7580 5544
Qtrax is the world's first free and legal peer-to-peer (P2P) digital music site. Music lovers can discover new music and legally download full-length, high-quality versions of their favorite songs while compensating both the artists and the record labels through non-intrusive and relevant advertising. Qtrax has the unparalleled support of the major record labels and all of their respective publishing divisions. LTDnetwork Inc, a division of Brilliant Technologies Corporation, developed Qtrax and its components.