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ICE to deliver Copyright Services to Polaris Nordic

22.08.2013

The Nordic music copyright collection Societies, Koda, TONO and Teosto have signed a Letter of Intent with Swedish based International Copyright Enterprise Services AB (ICE) for the delivery of Music Copyright Services from 2015.

Polaris Nordic (the music collecting Societies in Denmark, Norway and Finland respectively) and International Copyright Enterprise Services AB (ICE) have signed a Letter of Intent signaling Polaris Nordic’s intention to sign a copyright services delivery contract for a 5 year period, commencing in 2015.

Based on its state of the art Database and multi-territorial Copyright processing solution, ICE will manage all of Polaris Nordic’s Copyright documentation for both domestic and international repertoire. The work to move Polaris Nordic onto ICE will commence in 2014 once the Nordic societies have completed their own transition to their new, shared back office and systems.

The intention is to sign a final agreement by the end of 2013. The agreement will secure Polaris Nordic with a strong delivery of services under Service Level Agreements and also enable access to a wider repertoire from ICE’s other customers and secure a wider audience for Polaris Nordic’s own repertoire.

“Our authors and publishers have an expectation that we continuously strive to distribute as much to them as we possibly can. We see cost reduction as the way in which we can differentiate ourselves and therefore we strongly believe that ICE will be one of the elements to achieve this”, says Cato Strøm, CEO of TONO.

“In a world where we are facing increased competition for rights, it is of the utmost importance that we can prove to the rights holders that we are frugal and capable of finding the best and most efficient solutions possible and I see ICE as exactly such a solution”, says Katri Sipilä , CTO of Teosto.

”We are continuously striving to optimize the value for our rights holders. In that perspective I see our collaboration with ICE as an important step towards Polaris Nordic being the most efficient solution for rights holders management in the world”, says Anders Lassen, CEO of Koda.

“We are very pleased and excited about having Koda, TONO and Teosto as our customers and we are looking forward to a long and close relationship. Polaris Nordic represents for us a strong coalition of Nordic societies with a drive for efficiency and synergy, though still with unique differences, such as language. ICE can deliver the efficiency and synergy needed whilst at the same time we are able to manage individual needs”, says Carsten Drachmann, CEO of ICE.

About Teosto
Teosto is the Finish music collecting society. It was founded in 1928 and today it has 27.000 members.
Contact:
Tomi Korhonen, Director – Communications and Public Relations
tomi.korhonen@teosto.fi
+358 50 4499575
www.teosto.fi

About TONO
TONO was founded in 1928. TONO is the Norwegian music collecting society with 23.000 members.

Contact:
Willy Martinsen, Head of Communications
willy.martinsen@tono.no
+47 909 65 254
www.tono.no

About Koda
Koda, the Danish music collecting society was founded in 1926 and has 39.000 members.
Contact:
Nicolaj Hyltén-Cavallius, Head  of Communications
nhc@koda.dk
+45 22 27 79 21
www.koda.dk

About ICE
International Copyright Enterprise Services AB (ICE) is a limited company based in Stockholm, Sweden, delivering Professional Services and Managed Services to the Music Industry within back office management and administration of musical rights.  The company was founded in 2007 as a joint venture between STIM and PRS for Music. Today the ICE copyright solution represents 170.000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.
www.iceservices.eu
Contact:
Helena Leek
helena.leek@iceservices.eu
+46 (0) 8 704 68 37 / +46 (0) 72 707 44 70

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