The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. and Gracenote Enter Licensing Arrangement for Digital Lyrics

HFA's Over 37,000 Represented Publishing Catalogs Have Option to Participate

Nov 9, 2009

The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), a leading U.S. music rights licensing organization, and Gracenote®, a provider of lyrics for digital music applications, have entered into a digital lyrics licensing arrangement, for uses including lyric delivery with permanent downloads, CD playback, online subscription services, lyrics search, mobile services, and consumer devices. HFA's over 37,000 represented publishing catalogs will have the option of licensing Gracenote Lyrics™ by participating in this agreement.

"The Gracenote Lyrics offering enhances many different music services including Clear Channel, MetroLyrics, MTV, Pandora, and Yahoo! Music, and adds another layer to the fan's experience," said Michael Simon, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer for HFA. "This arrangement demonstrates HFA's continuing commitment to deliver new revenue opportunities for its represented publishers."

"This licensing arrangement with HFA is a big win for both music publishers and Gracenote's customers," said Ross Blanchard, VP of Business Development for Gracenote. "HFA's members may license a large and growing new market and our customers and music fans will have access to an even larger catalog of authorized lyrics."

About HFA

Established in 1927 by the National Music Publishers' Association, HFA represents over 37,000 music publishing clients for their licensing needs in the United States, issuing licenses and collecting and distributing the associated royalties. In addition to being the premier mechanical licensing agent in the U.S., which includes CDs, ringtones, permanent digital downloads, interactive streams, limited downloads and more, HFA is dedicated to finding new ways for its affiliated clients to recognize value for their catalogs, including lyrics and tablature. Further, HFA provides collection and monitoring services to its publisher clients for music distributed and sold in over 100 territories around the world. For more information about HFA, or to become an affiliate publisher or a licensee, see

Songfile, eMechanical and eSong are registered trademarks of The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., all rights reserved.

About Gracenote

Gracenote, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, is a global leader in embedded technology, enriched content, and data services for digital entertainment solutions within the Internet, consumer electronics, mobile, and automotive markets. The company is one of the largest providers of lyrics, with authorized song lyrics from all four major music publishers and hundreds of independent publishers. Formerly known as CDDB®, Gracenote delivers a substantially improved consumer experience in digital media devices and applications, plus media monitoring and other data services to the recording industry, making it an integral part of the digital media economy. Gracenote powers leading services including Apple iTunes, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, Winamp; home and automotive products from Alpine, Panasonic, Philips and Sony; and mobile music applications from Samsung, Sony Ericsson, KDDI (Japan), KTF (Korea), Musiwave (Europe), and others. Gracenote is headquartered in Emeryville, California.

Gracenote CDDB are registered trademarks of Gracenote, Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


  Laurie Jakobsen                       Veronica Skelton
  HFA                                   Concept Communications for Gracenote
  212-922-3297                          415.342.3435          

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SOURCE: Harry Fox Agency, Inc.; Gracenote

CONTACT: Laurie Jakobsen of HFA, +1-212-922-3297,; or
Veronica Skelton of Concept Communications, +1-415-342-3435,, for Gracenote

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