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AIM announces framework deal with BBC for exploiting TV and radio recordings

By | Published on Tuesday 6 May 2014


The Association Of Independent Music has announced a new deal with the BBC and its commercial wing BBC Worldwide to simplify the licensing of live recordings made by the Corporation’s TV and radio channels for future commercial exploitation.

Technically the BBC needs permission from the labels of any signed artists whose live performances are recorded for TV or radio shows, though it’s standard for labels to provide such a waver for initial broadcast. However, should either party want to then commercially exploit that content, by releasing sessions as CDs or digitally, then a separate bespoke deal needs to be made, and this is where things often get complicated.

By having a standard agreement on how the commercial exploitation of BBC recordings can be undertaken by an artist’s record company with BBC Worldwide, AIM hopes to make that process much easier for its member labels. Which is good news given that there are many more opportunities for making such content available beyond initial broadcast in the digital age.

AIM boss Alison Wenham told reporters: “The new agreement now means that we have in place a commercial licensing framework with the BBC that is free from red tape, user-friendly, transparent and fair, and which will allow AIM members to exploit both new and archive material across all physical and digital platforms”.

Dominic Walker, Director Radio and Music at BBC Worldwide, added: “We are delighted that this unlocks archive content for joint exploitation and opens up many opportunities for mutual gain on level terms; we look forward to long and fruitful relationships with all AIM members”.