The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) announces a new Supplemental Matching Network initially consisting of five companies that will provide data matching services to complement and enhance The MLC’s existing matching processes and capabilities.
The services offered by the participating vendors will supplement The MLC's existing internal capabilities, as well as the services already being provided by The MLC's existing vendors. The MLC may adjust the scope of services in the Supplemental Matching Network as needed to meet future and evolving needs, including engaging additional vendors in the future if appropriate.
The MLC’s Supplemental Matching Network will initially include Blokur, Jaxsta, Pex, Salt and SX Works, a SoundExchange company. To select these vendors, The MLC completed an assessment that included both qualitative evaluations through a Request for Information and subsequent quantitative testing through pilot programs. This comprehensive selection process aligned with the approach The MLC has employed when evaluating other strategic vendors.
“We conducted an extensive due diligence process to select the initial set of vendors for our Supplemental Matching Network,” says Andrew Mitchell, Head of Analytics & Automation at The MLC. “These vendors bring complementary technologies and capabilities that can be effectively leveraged to serve our members. This network reflects our ongoing commitment to evolve in innovative ways to best achieve The MLC’s mission.”
For more information about The MLC, visit www.themlc.com.
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About the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)
The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) was designated by the U.S. Register of Copyrights in July 2019 pursuant to the Music Modernization Act of 2018. The MLC is responsible for administering the blanket compulsory license for the use of musical works by digital music services. As of January 2021, mechanical royalties from streaming in the U.S. are processed and distributed by The MLC at no cost to songwriters or music publishers.
The MLC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of songwriters and representatives of music publishers. For more background on The MLC and its Board and Committee members, go to www.TheMLC.com.
Blokur is a music data and licensing platform that works with music rights owners and online platforms to connect the world’s music to online experiences. Blokur’s platform is built on data matching and rights identification technology designed to get rightsholders paid accurately and makes it easier for digital platforms to unlock the power of music. For more information, visit www.blokur.com.
Jaxsta is a large database of music credits that are sourced from the official owners of that data, such as record labels, distributors, publishers and industry associations. Jaxsta’s work recording matching service for PROs, MROs, CMOs and publishers provides matching of musical recordings to the underlying works and is designed to assist in the collection, payment and reconciliation of mechanical, performance and sync royalties. For more information, visit www.jaxsta.com.
Pex specializes in content identification and UGC data powering copyright compliance. Pex’s music recognition technology (MRT) is designed to identify works at scale, including modified audio, live versions and cover versions, so rightsholders can capitalize on all of the content they own. For more information, visit www.pex.com.
Salt is a digital-era royalties platform for music societies, streamlining disjointed music rights and royalty systems into one global network. Salt processes usage, matches ownership and calculates distributions, providing societies with matching and royalty–processing infrastructure. For more information, visit www.saltmusic.io.
About SX Works Global Publisher Services
SX Works Global Publisher Services, a SoundExchange company, provides administration solutions to music publishers, self-published songwriters and organizations who own, represent and/or engage with music to manage their repertoire across the music ecosystem. SX Works’ team and technology provides partners with access to metadata designed to ensure that musical works can be accurately licensed, identified and paid for their usage. For more information, visit www.sx-works.com.