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  • Odette Scott

Music Story, LyricFind working with French Music Publishers Association to strengthen role of legal

LyricFind, the world leader in legal lyric display licensing, has inked a deal to distribute French lyrics, and has signed an agreement with Music Story, the foremost music metadata provider in the market. Music Story will represent LyricFind for Sales and Business Development in France.

The partnership will give LyricFind access, through SEAM (French collective management organization dedicated to graphic reproduction rights), to CSDEM’s members extensive lyric catalogue, Base d’Œuvres de l’Edition Musicale (BOEM), a legal lyrics database that makes lyrics accessible to companies who want to use them online to enhance their products and services.

Music Story will be the exclusive representative in France for LyricFind clients that wish to obtain song lyrics and their publishing rights. Music Story will also facilitate licensing by ensuring the provision of data, sales and technical support. In its deal, LyricFind will pay royalties to the publishing representative for the use of lyrics.

In its partnership with CSDEM, LyricFind will now be able to make additional French lyrics available to its clients, which comes as a great benefit for international clients like music streaming service Deezer who are based in Europe.

“As a LyricFind client, we are excited to have access to CSDEM’s French lyrics through reliable partners like LyricFind and Music Story,” states Ludovic Pouilly, SVP Institutional & Music Industry Relations at Deezer. “The addition of French lyrics to our service will undoubtedly enhance our users’ music experience and enjoyment.”

“This deal establishes LyricFind’s footing in the French market and reinforces our position as the world’s go-to provider of licensed lyrics,” explains LyricFind CEO, Darryl Ballantyne. “It’s great to announce yet another international partner, this time in France, right as MIDEM kicks off. It points to the importance of lyrics as an income stream for songwriters and to the global partnerships lyric licensing demands.”

To speak directly with any of the parties about the deal, please contact Music Story:

LyricFind: CSDEM: Angélique Dascier

About LyricFind

LyricFind is the world’s leader in licensed lyrics and has licensing from over 4,000 music publishers in 100 countries, including all the majors: Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Kobalt. It has built a quality-controlled, vetted database of lyrics available for licensing and synchronized technology. Behind the scenes, LyricFind tracks, reports, and pays royalties to publishers on a song-by-song and territory-by-territory basis.

About Music Story Music Story is a music metadata provider. The company does the matching, disambiguation and enrichment of producers' metadata catalogues and proposes an international coverage of the data for its customers such as: digital music platforms, medias or professional of the music industry. With this agreement, Music Story will add licensed Lyrics to its offer and reinforce its capability to add value to its music metadata repository. Those new partnerships with main worldwide leaders like LyricFind, Deezer and professional publishers like CSDEM, will highlight the position of Music Story as a reliable international player on the music metadata market.


CSDEM (French Music Publishers Association) which is comprised of more than 110 members (French publishing independents and majors) upholds the representation and defence of the profession and the national and international interests of its members, the promotion and development of music, and the defence of authors’ rights. The music publishers united through CSDEM have strived for many years to ensure the utmost circulation of their lyrics while assuring the full respect of their creators’ rights. Out of this, CSDEM developed a legal base gathering lyrics (BOEM) and set up an economic model with various French websites, while fighting against illicit uses of numerous lyrics websites. This agreement (licensing BOEM to LyricFind) opens up new perspectives, as LyricFind is a major international lyrics aggregator, offering a worldwide diffusion to French works.

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