Round-Up: YLE Clears Copyright; Idol Games; Levi; Hip Hop

–Finnish broadcaster YLE has signed a deal with performing artists’ copyright management organization Gramex which allows YLE to broadcast its programming on the DVB-H mobile TV platform, as well as other digital media. YLE plans to launch a mobile TV service next year, and the copyright issues were one of the main obstacles reports YLE.

–FreemantleMedia has signed up Namco Bandai to develop, publish and distribute mobile games based on the Idols format. The multiyear deal includes Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. It’s the first time Namco has licensed content for a European audience, and follows the creation of a European subsidiary in January. There’s no mention of what format the game will take.

–A Levi-branded phone is in the works, which will have a “riveted steel casing” to mimic the jeans. “Naturally it’ll come in a variety of colors, including gender-based colors with a mirror-like screen for the “fashion forward”, reports RCRNews. The phone will have music and a video camera, but there’s no note of any content. I’m not just thinking pictures of Levi’s models wearing jeans — one of the best CDs I ever bought was a collection of songs featured on ads for jeans.

–Hudson Entertainment has signed a deal with Good Hand Records to distribute ringtones, ringback tones, full-length tracks and videos of the label’s Hip Hop artists. (release)