EMI Taking Back Digital Rights From ASCAP

According to HypeBot, “…In a radical shift, EMI Music Publishing today announced that it is taking back the responsibility for licensing digital rights in North American from ASCAP. The performance rights society will continue to license EMI’s performance rights for traditional media services, including television and radio stations…

…For EMI, the change is designed to streamline the performance rights licensing process for its EMI April Music catalog to for audio streams, streaming video, cloud music and other similar services. April Music is one of EMI’s two largest catalogs, featuring almost  200,000 songs. Now, they can easily license many digital services  whether they need a mechanical license, a synchronization license, a  performance license or all three…” (Bruce Houghton, HypeBot).