Wednesday, May 04, 2011

EMI takes its digital rights back in house

One of the problems faced by anyone hoping to sell music online is the numerous rights bodies you have to deal with. Frankly, unless you're well-resourced from the get-go, or concentrate on an impossibly small marketplace.

So it's not entirely in anyone's interests that EMI have pulled their digital rights in the US from ASCAP to deal with them themselves.

Sure, ASCAP aren't ideal, but taking a quarter of the major acts out of ASCAP and forcing groups to have a parallel set of negotiations isn't really going to help smooth the journey from physical to digital sales.

Frankly, unless you're incredibly patient, you might just give up on the legal route altogether.