Skype rings up tones for phones deal

by admin April 26, 2006 at 4:37 am

Inks agreements with EMI, Sony and Warner…

Skype, the free internet calling service owned by eBay, has struck deals with three major music publishers to distribute hundreds of thousands of songs as ringtones.

The agreements, announced on Tuesday, are with EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music. Skype also signed a deal with the MCPS-PRS Alliance, a UK-based organisation which collects licence fees and distributes royalties generated from recorded music.

Skype’s new licence agreements allow the company to distribute ringtones from Warner Music Group artists. Skype users can use the ringtones on their PCs or smart phones running Skype software for playback when they receive incoming calls.

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