[icecast] Legal issues

Morgan McLeod morgan at cstone.net
Wed Apr 21 13:57:28 PDT 2004



On Apr 21, 2004, at 4:43 PM, jensen galan wrote:

> Greetings!
>
> I've been asked to set-up an Icecast stream / live
> webcam for a small club, and I'm worried about what
> kind of payments the owner would have to make to
> stream the club's music over the internet.
>

This is not legal advice...

My belief and understanding is that if you are doing "radio", 
especially if you are doing simultaneous FM broadcast and internet 
broadcast, then you really have to do the bookkeeping and pay the fees. 
   If you are streaming song artist and title with each track, then you 
already have some of the infrastructure in place to account for 
(Listeners x Tracks).

However, doing something "live" and probably "underground" means that 
you don't have that infrastructure, and you are probably not going to 
be playing the big money FM radio hit singles either.  Therefore you 
probably have nothing to worry about.

I think the letter of the law is that we all must compute and pay the 
royalties.   The real-world actuality is that most of us are "below 
radar" for the time being.

... that said, I stopped streaming from playlists a couple years ago 
because I didn't want to worry about these things, below-radar or 
otherwise.

-M

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