Mumbai: SpiralFrog, the free ad-supported web-based music experience, and Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, announced an agreement to make the company’s catalog of music compositions available to complement SpiralFrog’s growing roster of audio and video content.
"SpiralFrog has achieved significant milestones in the growth of ad-supported music with more than 850,000 registered users and 2.3 million monthly ‘uniques.’ We are the only service of our kind to secure publishing deals with all the major rights holders," said SpiralFrog chairman and founder Joe Mohen. "SpiralFrog has spent the last five years developing a proprietary database of aggregated publishing and recording rights to fairly compensate all rights holders. This is a competitive advantage that others will find hard to replicate."
"We are continually seeking out new revenue streams for our artists and songwriters and want to support innovative new distribution methods," said Warner/Chappell Music executive vice president Ann Sweeney. "We hope our premiere catalog of classic and contemporary songs finds a wider audience on SpiralFrog’s growing digital platform."
Signing rights from music publishers is a critical element in SpiralFrog’s mission to make ad-supported music downloading available as an alternative to pirate music sites. Licensing sound recordings and music videos requires more than obtaining rights from the recording artists and record labels. The writers and composers of the songs themselves must also be compensated, and music publishers license these underlying compositions.