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Merlin do deal with iMesh

By | Published on Monday 9 March 2009

Globally-focused indie digital rights body Merlin has announced a deal with iMesh, who are, in case you wondered, the third biggest subscription-based digital music service in the US.┬áThe Merlin/iMesh deal means music from labels represented by the rights body will now appear on iMesh’s services ahead of their planned expansion to Europe. Merlin will also support iMesh’s efforts to legitimatise the Lphant P2P network.

Confirming the deal, Merlin top man Charles Caldas told CMU: “We are pleased that iMesh inherently recognised the value of the Merlin repertoire in expanding their footprint to the global market, and are happy to be involved in working with them to license and legitimise the Lphant P2P network. It shows again that the tremendous efficiency and global reach that Merlin provides those wishing to license the world’s most exciting and commercially valuable independent repertoire has been recognised”.

iMesh President and Chief Marketing Office Talmon Marco added: “We have long understood the importance of independent music. This agreement adds substantially to the availability of that content to iMesh users. The agreement is an extension of the understanding of iMesh and supporting labels, that music fans will maintain loyalty to a site when revenue is directed to content creators. In this instance, we add Lphant to the list of iMesh services”.