View Full Version : Legal way to buy music digitally

03-04-2011, 08:58 AM
Hi folks,

do any of you know a place where you can buy digital music for commercial broadcast use?

iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc all have this "for personal, non-commercial use only" line in their terms & conditions.

Royalties will be of course paid as usual. Just looking for a way to buy songs for broadcast use legally, to avoid ripping them from CDs.

03-17-2011, 09:15 PM
Well, it's vertually impossible to tell where someone got their files. So keep that in mind. I believe the iTunes, Amazon etc TOS is written that way so end users don't think buying the music from their stores automatically grants the right to perform it in public (broadcast).

Similar disclaimers appear on some CDs. I read that as "When you buy music from us, it's sold to you for personal use and we're not selling you a license to broadcast it"

Fact is, in the USA, SoundExchange, BMI, SESAC and ASCAP grant those licenses and collect those fees. None of them seem to care at all how you compile your music collection.

03-18-2011, 02:50 PM
Here in Norway you get most songs sent directly from the distribution companies. But, as far as I know. Doesn't matter WHERE you get your music, as long as you pay up for playing the tracks.

03-19-2011, 10:10 AM
this is most likely reffering to the sale or rental of the tracks you have downloaded and possibly what has always been printed on the front of CDs

An apropriate license authorises you to make a broadcast of that content.


03-04-2012, 12:32 AM
i guess i neeed to look up canadian laws for that eh

03-04-2012, 10:54 PM
For Canada it is SOCAN


03-05-2012, 12:53 PM
I loved it right up to the bitter end. And since then, I've been trying to find that balance between convenience and the law that lets me again take pleasure in digital music.

02-06-2014, 03:11 AM
what if someone gave you a downloaded file and you played it on your station... could you get in trouble over that too

02-06-2014, 04:48 AM
What do you think ?

02-06-2014, 08:19 AM
what if someone gave you a downloaded file and you played it on your station... could you get in trouble over that too

Did you have to bump up an old topic from over two years ago to ask this mindless question?
Mind you, he is just posting this stuff all over the forum to get 10 posts so he can get a free download/voiceover.

I'll report him to his ISP for spam.

09-20-2015, 05:36 AM
This may be a dumb question, but in scanning this (old) discussion, I'm led to wonder: how do regulatory bodies know where a radio station got their music? (You can tell what music they're playing by monitoring the transmission or stream, but how do they know whether the hard or digital file itself was paid for, and where it was purchased?)

Seems the Norwegian fellow above made the most sense; he suggests that in his country nobody worries about whether the original file is "legal", as long as the station pays its liability. That's where the money is; dissuading stations from playing the music at all, and so not placing it in rotation, because they didn't pay (or can't prove they paid) a pittance to acquire it is incredibly bad business.

01-04-2016, 06:24 PM
radiowayne is not a lawyer but believes that if someone gave you a downloaded file you can only webcast if that person was the copyright holder and gave you express permission or the person was an agent of the copyright holder and gave you permission. radiowayne gets a lot of music downloaded from Airplay Direct. These are supplied by the record labels strictly for radio stations to use. radiowayne notes that he rarely buys music. Almost all of the music that he plays is given to him by the artist, their management, promotion people or the label.

But, then again, he could be wrong.

Wayne G. aka radiowayne