New licensing schemes in UK

December 2005

Music Publishing

Karaoke disks licensing has been standardised with all other published dealer price percentage rates for MCPS physical product licensing. The new version of the licensing scheme (to be published imminently) amends the 8p/9p per track per product (for still and moving visuals respectively) to 12% of Published Dealer Price. MCPS believes this move will also stimulate the market by offering a more flexible licensing approach for the benefit of both members and licensees. The MCPS has also introduced a licensing scheme for Universal Media Discs (UMD) used with the latest Sony Portable Playstation (PSP). For audio-only music products, UMD can be licensed under the AP1 (Audio Products) and AP2 schemes (when containing purely audio-only content). The intention is to include audio-visual music UMD product under the DVD1 scheme and discussions with the BPI are being held to this end. Audio-visual non-music UMD products will be included under the new AVP scheme recently agreed with the British Video Association.

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