Just received this e-mail. This, seems to me, is big news. If you don’t know who The Harry Fox Agency is check out their website www.harryfox.com. Comments anyone?
Dear Publisher or Society:
The National Music Publishers’ Association (“NMPA”), The Harry Fox Agency (“HFA”) and YouTube are excited to offer to all independent music publishers, whether or not affiliated with HFA, and non-U.S. mechanical collection societies who have entered into reciprocal agreements with HFA, the opportunity to opt into a direct license agreement with YouTube that will be administered by HFA (the “YouTube Licensing Offer”). NMPA and HFA have negotiated the terms of the License Agreement with YouTube for the benefit of music publishers.
A complete description of the YouTube Licensing Offer, as well as the forms and links that are necessary for you to opt into the YouTube Licensing Offer, are located at WWW.YOUTUBELICENSEOFFER.COM. Publishers can opt in through that website using the claim and control numbers provided above. Contemporaneously with this e-mail notice, we will mail you a packet of materials, including the YouTube Licensing Offer Overview and Opt-In Agreement. (Please note that if you represent multiple publishers, we will mail you a separate packet for each one.) Publishers can also obtain additional information about the program by calling toll free at 1 (888) 430-7225.
The Opt-In Period begins on November 17, 2011 and ends on January 16, 2012. The submission of all necessary forms must be completed electronically through the website WWW.YOUTUBELICENSEOFFER.COM or received by us no later than January 16, 2012 in order for a publisher to participate in the advance described in the YouTube Licensing Offer Overview. This deadline cannot be extended. The NMPA strongly encourages all interested music publishers to carefully review the detailed information in this offer.