PRS For Music has announced it is set to take legal action against the music streaming service SoundCloud.
You’ll obviously be well aware of what SoundCloud is – it’s used to stream quite probably the majority of music we embed on this very website. In a statement sent to members, PRS explains: “after careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against the online music service SoundCloud.”
“The organisation continues to deny it needs a PRS for Music licence for its existing service available in the UK and Europe, meaning it is not remunerating our members when their music is streamed by the SoundCloud platform.”
“This is because it is important we establish the principle that a licence is required when services make available music to users,” it goes on to explain. “We have asked SoundCloud numerous times to recognise their responsibilities to take a licence to stop the infringement of our members’ copyrights but so far our requests have not been met. Therefore we now have no choice but to pursue the issue through the courts.”