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Merlin announce new US board members

By | Published on Tuesday 21 June 2011


Indie label digital rights body Merlin has announced the appointment of four new American members to its board following a recent election. The newly elected board members are Dave Hansen of Epitaph, William Crowley of E1 Entertainment, Kris Gillespie of Domino USA and Glenn Dicker of Yep Roc Records.

Welcoming the new board members, Beggars boss Martin Mills, in his guise as Chairman of Merlin, told CMU: “I am delighted that these elections have strengthened our representation in the front line of the campaign to have new digital services succeed through treating independent repertoire properly”.

Merlin’s biggest fight of the moment is to persuade Apple to offer the same deal to the indies as they did to the majors for their digital locker service iCloud. With that service launching in the US first, an American licensing deal will be higher up the agenda for the IT giant (or not, depending on whether they are in a “we’re the cool, independent thinkers, we need the indies on board” or a “indie labels, who are they?” frame of mind – they’ve demonstrated both mentalities in the past).