Facebook signs music licensing deal with European rights company ICE

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Facebook has signed an agreement with International Copyright Enterprise Operations (ICE) based in London to provide royalty payments for the music the company represents, TechCrunch reports. ICE is a European online rights center with a catalog of approximately 31 million works, representing STIM in Sweden, PRS in the United Kingdom (and other territories), GEMA in Germany and more.
This is the first time that Facebook signs a multi-territorial license with an online center. The agreement will cover licenses and royalties provided the music represented by ICE is used on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger. The agreement excludes WhatsApp, since that service is purely a private messaging tool that does not require music licenses.
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