Without a doubt, the New Myspace is placing more emphasis on music than ever before. The newly revamped site is promoting owner Justin Timberlake’s latest single, but more importantly, Myspace holds an exhaustive licensing deal for over 50 million tracks. However, some smaller record labels are claiming that Myspace is streaming music from their artists without permission.
The Merlin Network, which strikes digital licensing deals for a number of labels, says content from over 100 of its clients can be found on Myspace. Those labels include Beggars Group, Domino, and Merge Records. The problem is that the licensing agreement between Merlin and Myspace expired last year. “While it’s nice that Mr. Timberlake is launching his service on this platform, and acting as an advocate for the platform,” Merlin’s chief executive Charles Caldas told the New York Times, “on the other hand his peers as artists are being exploited without permission and not getting remuneration for it.”
Myspace maintains that any tracks belonging to labels under Merlin’s representation have been uploaded by users and will be removed upon request.