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03/06/2019
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Warner Music Group Inks Deal With Remix Clearance Company Dubset

In January remix clearance startup Dubset claimed to be enabling ‘a new golden age’ of legitimate distribution of unofficial remixes and DJ sets – when it released an API that allows mixes to be distributed to music streaming services directly from DJ equipment or software.

This week it revealed even bigger news, that it has inked a deal with Warner Music Group and now, DJs using the company’s platform can include songs from WMG’s catalog in full-length mixes.

WMG is the second major to ink a deal with the startup, after Sony Music became the first to license its catalog for use in Dubset DJ sets and remixes back in August 2017.

Dubset, which claims to have a catalog of over 45 million tracks, has been particularly active in recent months, having inked a deal with SoundCloud in October 2018 in addition to the API release in January.

Speaking in January, Dubset Founder Stephen White (pictured) said: “In 2016, EMI put together report that estimated how many consumers listened to mixed and remixed content, and they came up with 750 million consumers worldwide.

“The majority of that consumption happened through unlicensed services with no revenue making its way back to the original artists and their labels and publishers.

“We’ve created a high-speed onramp to legitimacy for the content those 750 million consumers want to hear.”

In January 2018 Dubset signed a deal with TIDAL, which followed a busy 2017 in which the company raised $4m in funding, while inking global deals to license the masters of Sony Music and independent labels (via Merlin) on major music services.