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Sony Music has started removing music from SoundCloud

It comes amid the ongoing licensing issues on the platform

  • Mixmag staff
  • 7 May 2015

Sony has removed some music from SoundCloud as licensing issues on the platform continue.

Although some major labels (Warner Music Group) have agreed a deal with the streaming service, Sony failed to reach an agreement and have therefore pulled songs by Adele, Passion Pit and Miguel from the site.

Sony Music and Columbia Records haven't given comment on the matter, but Billboard quotes an executive who's close to the negotiations as saying "a lack of monetization opportunities" led to the removal.

Speaking of its On SoundCloud service, which gives Premier Partners the chance to make money, a spokesman revealed talks are still continuing with record labels.

"We are in ongoing conversations with major and independent labels and will continue to add partners to the program.

"We've always put control in the hands of creators, and anyone who makes music and audio can decide when and how they want to share it with fans, allowing artists to essentially broadcast out to the world the availability of new content."

Universal were part of some copyright claims last year when it was reportedly allowed to freely remove content from SoundCloud. SoundCloud responded by saying processes were in place to "ensure content posted without authorisation is removed quickly and efficiently".

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