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Epidemic Sound First Production Music Library to Win Exempt Status From Hungarian PRO Artisjus

November 14, 2013

STOCKHOLM – November 14, 2013 – Epidemic Sound today announced that it has succeeded in opting out its production music catalogue from the Hungarian collecting society Artisjus.

“This is a major milestone with ramifications way beyond Hungary,” said Oscar Höglund, Epidemic Sound co-founder and chief executive officer. “The Artisjus resolution means content creators worldwide who use Epidemic Sound can now be confident their videos won’t be blocked because of the soundtrack and now additional licensing fees will ever be levied. This establishes Epidemic Sound as a legally proven option to collecting societies’ blanket licenses.”

Founded in 1907, Artisjus is the Performing Rights Organization (PRO) that licenses the ability to publicly perform or broadcast music in Hungary on behalf of its writer and publisher members, and provides reciprocal collection services for PROs in every other country around the world.

Opting out means the Hungarian PRO acknowledges no one other than Epidemic Sound owns any rights to the music in the Swedish company’s library.

Epidemic Sound is the first production music library in the world to successfully opt out from Artisjus, considered one of the toughest collecting societies in Europe.

“Many libraries before us, including some of the biggest, have tried to opt out, but none have succeeded until now,” said Höglund. “Artisjus’ decision validates that Epidemic Sound is different – that we are truly the only professional, global, non-collected library – and opens new markets for us including in-store music operations in all of central Europe.”

Epidemic Sound is reinventing production music with the first library that gives visual content creators use of professional-quality soundtracks in any country, on any platform, forever, for only a small fee. No additional charges are ever required of anyone, which is unique for a professional quality music library.

Epidemic Sound can do this because it doesn’t represent music, it owns it. Epidemic Sound buys music directly from composers when tracks are created, rather than making the artists wait and rely on collecting societies to send royalty checks at an unknown, unpredictable time. As a result, Epidemic Sound gives today’s generation of musicians a new way to make a living making music.

“Collecting societies throughout Europe have been acting in breach of anti-competition laws for decades,” said Höglund. “They charge blanket licenses to their customers to kill any competition in the market and then they over-charge the customers. Many copyright users have grown tired of increasing fees and monopolistic behavior. That we have been able to prove collecting societies cannot charge on our behalf is just the start of major change in how production companies and broadcasters acquire licenses and monetize their content.” 

Epidemic Sound was founded in 2009 by award-winning Swedish music, TV and Internet entrepreneurs, on the premise that current music rights management for production music – which accounts for approximately 90 percent of all music used in professional TV and online visual content production – is fundamentally flawed, and cannot serve the current and future needs of visual content creators as their work is increasingly streamed over the Internet and viewed on a wide variety of devices around the world.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Epidemic Sound is now the largest supplier of production music to TV in the Nordics. Today the Epidemic Sound library contains more than 25,000 unique tracks that are tagged and formatted for the company’s advanced search tools used to explore, edit and download the music. Each track is split into STEMS – individual tracks where the instruments can be heard and edited separately – thereby creating over 100,000 sound files available for use.

The tracks in the library have been created by more than 200 composers who are screened and mentored by a select production team lead by company co-founder Peer Åström, an award-winning producer with the world record for the most ever entries on the U.S. Billboard/iTunes chart, and productions for Madonna, Kelly Clarkson and Enrique Iglesias. In addition to Epidemic Sound, Åström produces all of the music for the FOX hit show Glee.

About Epidemic Sound

Epidemic Sound is reinventing production music with the first library that gives visual content creators use of professional-quality soundtracks in any country, on any platform, forever, for only a small fee. No additional charges are ever required of anyone. Founded in 2009 by award-winning Swedish music, TV and Internet entrepreneurs, Epidemic Sound doesn’t represent music, it owns it, buying directly from composers when tracks are created to give today’s generation of musicians a new way to make a living making music. Epidemic Sound is headquartered in Stockholm, but heard daily around the world. Start using Epidemic Sound today at www.epidemicsound.com.

 

Media contacts:

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Author

Mathias Björk
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