Zebralution, one of the leading digital media distributors for independent labels and audiobook publishers, and Loudr®, a music rights technology company, have announced a strategic licensing partnership today. The deal provides Zebralution with comprehensive DPD licensing for its labels and royalty administration services, as well as access to Loudr client features such as real-time publishing metadata for licensed works via Loudr’s API and catalog matching against U.S. Copyright Office database.
“We’ve chosen to work with Loudr because we understand the importance of music rights in the distribution chain” said Kurt Thielen, Managing Director of Zebralution. “Through the Loudr platform, we’re able to support our label clients with DPD licenses to drive US content sales, as well as support our music service partners with comprehensive rights metadata.”
“It’s important to both Loudr and Zebralution to ensure that publishers and songwriters are properly compensated,” said Loudr CEO Chris Crawford. “We’re pleased to support Zebralution’s commitment to compliance by supporting its extensive roster of labels with licensing, accounting, and royalty administration services.”
U.S. copyright laws call for mechanical licenses when music downloads are distributed in the United States through consumer music services. Each digital download sale requires the payment of a mechanical royalty in the amount of $0.091 for songs of five minutes or less, or $0.0175 per minute for songs over five minutes. The Loudr platform uses big data processes and machine learning to help music distributors and other businesses link sound recordings to songwriters and publishing rights holders, and pay out royalties to publisher’s based on ownership share.
Founded in 2003 Zebralution is a leading distributor of digital media content, including music, videos, audio books, and other entertainment products. Headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, with offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, Paris and Barcelona, Zebralution services more than 600 licensors mainly from Europe, the UK, and the United States as well as a variety of streaming and digital download services worldwide http://www.zebralution.com
San Francisco-based Loudr® loudr.fm builds products and services that help content creators, aggregators, and music services identify rights holders, secure mechanical licenses, and pay royalties to music publishers. Powered by technology that parses publishing metadata and matches sound recordings to compositions, Loudr makes it easy for builders and creators to secure music rights clearance and report royalties at scale. To date, the company has distributed over $1 million in royalties to songwriters and music publishers worldwide.