HomeInsightsPRS for Music launches new Member Anti-Piracy System “MAPS” to combat online music piracy.

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PRS for Music says that the newly developed system will “revolutionise the way PRS for Music tackles copyright infringement of its members’ repertoire in the continued fight against online music piracy”.

Working in partnership with The Publishers Association, the trade body for the UK book publishing industry, MAPS has been developed for PRS for Music to deliver a bespoke notice and takedown system.

MAPS will initially be available to a selected number of publisher members in March 2016.  The tool will locate unlicensed and infringing content made available online and will then allow users to automatically generate and serve notices to remove the content.  It will also allow users to remove links to the content found on Google and elsewhere.

MAPS will be able to cut-off instances of piracy at the source, helping to ensure that the legitimate licensed services can be more easily found and that PRS for Music members receive fair remuneration for use of their repertoire online.

Members without access to the system in the initial rollout can contact the PRS for Music Anti-Piracy Unit for removal of infringements of repertoire on their behalf.

PRS for Music believes it is the first music industry collective rights management organisation to offer a rights protection service of this scale and type to members.  To read PRS for Music’s press release in full, click here.

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