By Chris Cooke | Published on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
The Belgian society for the collection of song rights Sabam has joined forces with the copyright center ICE for its digital licensing. This means that the Sabam repertoire is now part of the ICE Core license.
In most countries, collecting societies list digital licensing on the song side. However, there are many companies around the world and digital platforms are always happy to reduce the number of deals they need to negotiate. To this end, many companies are now working together on digital licensing. There are several such collaborations across Europe through initiatives such as Polaris, Armonia and ICE Core. Sabam was allied with Armonia before joining ICE.
Sabam boss Carine Libert confirms the new deal: “We have followed an exceptionally thorough process to ensure that we have achieved the solution that offers our members the most license fees for the online use of their works. We are sure we will have that when we join the ICE Core. The selection of ICE as a partner for multidritorial digital licensing reflects our approach of strategically paying attention to achieving the maximum value for our authors. “
At ICE itself, the hub’s VP Commercial, Ben McEwen, adds: “We warmly welcome Sabam to the ICE Core. With the extensive work and expertise required today to maximize license coverage of services and territories, with the right offerings and a detailed understanding of various categories, we can serve the network of corporations and publishers’ rightsholders – and ultimately their members – give real added value – whom we serve ”.
With the Anglo-American repertoire, both music publishers and societies are committed to digital licensing. Although – as McEwen mentioned there – some publishers also allied with ICE, including their Anglo-American repertoires in the ICE Cube initiative.
These currently include Concord, Downtown and Peermusic. While other companies allied with ICE Cube include GEMA, STIM, PRS, IMRO, and BMI.