[icecast] Legal issues

Ralph Giles giles at xiph.org
Wed Apr 21 21:16:46 UTC 2004

On Wed, Apr 21, 2004 at 10:52:38PM +0200, Jack Moffitt wrote:

> > Does it matter if the stream is mp3 or ogg?
> No.  It could be WAV, FLAC, or some 2-bit per sample mono format where
> the music is unrecognizable.  You'd still have to pay the royalties.

It DOES matter if it's mp3. You have to pay the publisher royalties 
regardless, but in addition, there's a 2% royalty for webcasting in the 
mp3 format, with a $2000 annual minnumum.

See http://mp3licensing.com/royalty/emd.html for the official info.

Ogg Vorbis, wav, and flac are free by design and do not require this 
additional royalty.

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