AIM and UK Podcast Association agree UK’s First Full Track Multi-Label Licence

June 2007

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The UK Podcasters Association announced that they have come to an agreement with AIM the UK-based Association of Independent Music which allows their members preferential access to AIM’s podcast licence. For the first time, UK podcasters have unlimited access to full length music tracks from top artists such as The White Stripes, Paul Weller, Bloc Party, Echo and the Bunnymen, Dizzee Rascal, Mylo, Basement Jaxx, Editors, Stereophonics, Coldcut to use in their podcasts. This gives UK Podcasters a unique opportunity to re-write the rules for music podcasting, opening the door for podcasters to move legitimately into traditional broadcast territory, which will hasten the shift towards media on demand. The AIM podcast licence covers over 30,000 tracks licensed by the UK independent music industry and includes  labels such as V2, XL Recordings, Studio !K7, Cooking Vinyl and Beggars Group. Unlike other podcast licences, the AIM podcast licence ensures that the labels and the artists will be paid as a result of podcasters using their music, and allows for the use of the full track. Radio stations typically remove music from their podcasts.

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