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Charles Caldas


Charles Caldas is the CEO of Merlin, the virtual fifth major, representing the world's most important set of independent music rights. Merlin seeks to ensure its members have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected. Merlin offers the most efficient means for digital music services to license repertoire from the largest and most compelling basket of independent rights in the world where such a deal is appropriate. Since commencing operations in May 2008, Merlin has struck deals with digital services including Spotify, Rdio, Muve Music, MySpace Music, Grooveshark, Simfy, Sony Qriocity, Audiotube, Muzu TV, Zvooq and Eircom. Merlin has also achieved settlements for its members with Grooveshark and XM Satellite radio. Members include Rough Trade, Warp Records, Epitaph, NaIve, Tommy Boy, One Little Indian, Yep Roc/Red Eye, Kontor New Media, Naxos, XL Recordings, Beggars Group, Merge, Saddle Creek, !K7, PIAS, Domino and Koch/E1.