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PRS to sue SoundCloud

Written by Michael Coyle on 30 August 2015

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The Guardian has obtained an email which was sent to PRS members which said:-

“After careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against the online music service SoundCloud.”

According to the Guardian:- "SoundCloud’s lack of proper licensing has been a subject of criticism within the music industry for years. Last year, in an interview with the Musicians Union member magazine, the head of digital for the independent Beggars Group labels, Simon Wheeler, said: “We’ve talked to SoundCloud ever since it started, in its incredibly early days – 2008 was when I first spoke with Alex [Ljung, the co-founder]. We thought the technology was great, the idea was great, and the platform was great – but we absolutely disagreed with their approach to rights and licensing. So therefore, as a company policy we chose not to use them.”

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