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    Video Broadcasting & International Licensing.

    Hello I have been searching high and low for answers to my burning question, that question is.

    What license would I be required to hold to be able to play music video's live on a podcast/ Vblog?

    I started my search off by contacting a number of licensing bodies such as PRS (UK licensing body) , ASCAP, and SoundExchange.

    I am aware that different licenses cover different territories and in some countries you must obtain multiple licenses.

    I am aware of Sync licenses and mechanical licenses however both seem to be on a per-song basis.

    Sure I could contact each record label and ask for permission however this would be a painstakingly slow task.

    Whilst on the phone to PRS they informed me of the license that I would need for broadcasts to the UK, there "Limited Online Music License - Limited Download" is perfectly suited to broadcasting your video as once published to popular video sites it automatically becomes an "On-Demand" service, Great! so thats the UK covered.

    But what about the rest of the world, in particular the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

    I have yet to finish contacting many of the other organizations but one thing is very clear.

    The cost of this venture is going to be through the roof!

    I even contacted "Streaminglicensing.com" and in wich case I found out that I would not be covered for such broadcast.

    Which leads me onto my next big question.

    Those to use services like streaminglicensing.com, loudcity, etc. surely they too must obtain licenses for countries that are not covered by ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange all of which are US licenses and SOCAN (Canada).
    Surely internet radio stations should be putting a block on IP's from countries they do not hold a valid license to broadcast to?

    So my second question is, how are internet radio station owners managing the daunting task of covering themselves in all the countries and territories that there broadcast is accessible to?

    Finally does anyone know of a single monthly or yearly licensing body that allows you to license your own website (third party) that covers multiple countries and not just USA and Canada.

    If you have any information that would help me and others out please share.

    Hope to hear from someone who has faced the same or similar problems and how you resolved it.

    Regards
    Sean
    Last edited by Atko; 10-27-2013 at 07:17 PM.

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    It all started out as only needing to be licensed in the country of origin.

    Then the music societies decided to start demanding money from countries where music is received ( I.E. out of their exclusive control. )

    I don't know what the proper solution is to the problem of universal coverage for music held by music societies.

    An alternative solution would be to play creative commons licensed music - or music from independent artists that you have specific agreements with.

    The music societies don't seem to realize that they are killing off an industry for greed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint View Post

    The music societies don't seem to realize that they are killing off an industry for greed.
    You are spot on there saint! I feel it is a slightly lost cause but I am going to press the issues and see if i can get a price from each organization, I think it will be very interesting to see how much the final amount to be globally licensed will be.

    Thanks for your reply

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    It depends on the country you are in.. I believe.

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