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Domino Publishing allies with SUISA and Mint on digital licensing in Europe

By | Published on Friday 28 July 2023

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The Domino music publishing company has allied with Swiss collecting society SUISA and its MINT Digital Services business on the licensing of its catalogue to streaming services across Europe.

Many publishers license their Anglo-American repertories to streaming services through direct deals, rather than the collective licensing system. However, streaming exploits both the mechanical rights and the performing rights in songs, and the latter are actually controlled by collecting societies rather than publishers.

This means that the publishers need to work in partnership with the Anglo-American societies on these deals, and they usually do that by forming an alliance with a specific society or a society-owned licensing hub. Many work with French society SACEM or the ICE licensing hub that is owned by PRS in the UK, GEMA in Germany and STIM in Sweden.

Others, meanwhile, work with SUISA Digital Licensing, which also operates Mint Digital Services in partnership with the American collecting society SESAC. Mint does the admin associated with digital licensing deals, of which there is quite a lot on the songs side of the business.

Confirming the Domino Publishing Company’s alliance with SUISA and Mint, the publisher’s Paul Lambden says: “Mint impressed us with their detailed knowledge, technology and infrastructure. They share our obsession with and care of data that will enable our writers to earn more digital income across Europe than ever before”.

Vincent Salvadé, a board member at SUISA Digital Licensing, adds: “At SUISA and Mint we strive every day to provide our partners with state of the art technology solutions and with a personalised customer experience and we are THRILLED to welcome with Domino Publishing Company, one of the most exciting independent publishers, to our family”.