Midem just started and here are a couple of prepared announcements that are coming up this weekend. LyricFind is planning to showcase a global licensing group that now includes EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. That comes on top of thousands of other pub-focused deals, including a large number of indie agreements. Lyricfind says in their announcement: “we have signed worldwide lyrics distribution agreements with all four majors publishers, and some key indies. We’re the first in the world to have complete global rights from all the majors. Using these deals, we’re immediately expanding our coverage to 20 territories, with more to be added in the future as needs require.”
RealNetworks has just sold a massive IP portfolio to Intel, though the deal also allows RealNetworks to continue to employ the intellectual property. The deal, which involves hundreds of patents, was valued at roughly $120 million.