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DiscoverMusic.com Inks Deals With Major Labels

In a step toward bringing protected, licensed music sales to the Internet, DiscoverMusic.com, a provider of song samples for use by Internet music retailers, has signed license agreements with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.

"We are pleased to sign license agreements with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC," said David Lambert, president & CEO of DiscoverMusic.com. "These agreements cover DiscoverMusic.com and the use of our sampling service at our customers' Web sites."

DiscoverMusic.com recently announced that it signed license agreements with four major record companies, and has license agreements with more than 700 independent record labels.

"ASCAP is gratified that DiscoverMusic.com and its clients recognize the tremendous value of music samples on the Internet by joining over 1500 other sites in taking a comprehensive ASCAP Internet performance license," said John LoFrumento, chief executive officer of ASCAP.

"BMI has worked with the digital community to make it easy to use copyrighted music and to help create new revenue streams for our affiliates," said Richard Conlon, vice president, marketing and business development, media licensing, BMI.