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    Creative Commons has 3 licenses.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons_licenses

    People that release content under the Creative Commons license grant the end user specific rights and obligations as stipulated under the particular license they release the content under.

    All that is needed is to document that the material is properly released under Creative Commons, and any derivatives (licensed under Creative Commons) that are used are also properly released under Creative Commons license. That is the whole purpose of Creative Commons - license designation. There is absolutely no need for legal "clarification" or review. I release all my written works under Creative Commons for that exact reason. Also, the Creative Commons licenses are applicable to all countries that participate in the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

    The Creative Commons organisation had the three licenses heavily scrutinised for possible problems arising from ambitious lawyers seeking to make a name for themselves.

    Obviously you cannot create Creative Common material from copyrighted material, so you must use common sense when obtaining your content. HOWEVER - If you show "due diligence" or a "good faith effort" in obtaining proper license documentation for any material used, then you are clear.

    As a side note:
    The Spanish music society attempted to "collect" royalties from a club DJ spinning creative commons music - the Spanish court tossed the case out.
    http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/5830

    To review ..........
    If the material is properly documented as Creative Commons licensed material, and you abide by the specific requirements of that license - then you are good to go.

    Response to ASCAP’s deceptive claims
    http://creativecommons.org/weblog/en...ium=postbanner

    Electronic Freedom Foundation
    http://www.eff.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotme View Post
    There's a common misconception that if you stream indie/unsigned music, no royalties are owed. In the USA, that's not true unfortunately. Underground/Independent Label music is still protected by US Copyright law, and SoundExchange is still the collecting agency. They take the money, and then "try" to find the artist (SoundExchange has a lot of banked funds collected for artists they've mysteriously been unable to locate).

    I'm still learning about the Creative Commons licensing model, but I think as a general rule that if you have written permission from all copyright holders of a given work (artist, label, composer, lyricist) then you don't have to pay royalties. Getting those permissions, on every single track on a station, is a lot of work though - if it's even possible.
    This is why royalties are complete crap and make hardly any sense for new webcasters!

    IDEA: There needs to be a site that unsigned artists can upload their music, stations can download it and download a document saying this is a creative commons piece and therefore 'i allow this to be freely replayed on web radio stations.'

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    Hi James,

    Such a website excists ... I mentioned this website/service in the past years several times at BW
    http://airplaydirect.com/
    Stations have to make a "radio" login and profile
    The same can be done by artists
    As station you receive Weekly untill Monthly the new releases by newsletter (including direct links to the artist profile)
    APD members makes a visit to that artist profile and have to login
    Visitors who don't have an ID can only listen to the tracks (flash player)
    Stations can listen and download the content as MP3 320kbps or as WAV

    In general after one or more downloads is made the artist gonna send you a "thank you" message with included a link to give "a radiocredit" (thats important to the artist for the online APD charts)
    APD has also a FaceBook profile
    http://www.facebook.com/AirPlayDirect
    CEO of APD is Robert Weingartz
    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    IDEA: There needs to be a site that unsigned artists can upload their music, stations can download it and download ....
    Secondly there excist a service provided by
    http://www.deucemp.com
    As station (web, AM/FM) you can broadcast their Weekly 2hour radioset with a wide variety in genres ... Most of the featured artists are members of AirPlayDirect
    You can join them by sending Rob (the owner) a request by email
    (all details can be found at their website)

    Hope this was helpfull
    Visit and listen @ BW !



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    Quote Originally Posted by GKREurope View Post
    Hi James,

    Such a website excists ... I mentioned this website/service in the past years several times at BW
    http://airplaydirect.com/
    Stations have to make a "radio" login and profile
    The same can be done by artists
    As station you receive Weekly untill Monthly the new releases by newsletter (including direct links to the artist profile)
    APD members makes a visit to that artist profile and have to login
    Visitors who don't have an ID can only listen to the tracks (flash player)
    Stations can listen and download the content as MP3 320kbps or as WAV

    In general after one or more downloads is made the artist gonna send you a "thank you" message with included a link to give "a radiocredit" (thats important to the artist for the online APD charts)
    APD has also a FaceBook profile
    http://www.facebook.com/AirPlayDirect
    CEO of APD is Robert Weingartz

    Secondly there excist a service provided by
    http://www.deucemp.com
    As station (web, AM/FM) you can broadcast their Weekly 2hour radioset with a wide variety in genres ... Most of the featured artists are members of AirPlayDirect
    You can join them by sending Rob (the owner) a request by email
    (all details can be found at their website)

    Hope this was helpfull
    Very helpful! But as dotme said, you need some proof if you are in the USA and using creatve commons music. Do any of these sites provide documentation or a cc licence that is emailed to you with the songs you download, just in case soundexchange emails you?

    I dont think soundexchange would accept it if you emailed them back just saying "Oh, i use AirPlayDirect". You need to have documentation of all of the songs you play on your station, or you pay. Stupid system.

    But in Australia its like that, APRA has its monthly royalties rounds around the stations here and we have to document and send every singe song we have played since this time last year and what songs other shows (that dont use our music library) have to send us their tracklistings too! Its a big PAIN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Very helpful! But as dotme said, you need some proof if you are in the USA and using creatve commons music. Do any of these sites provide documentation or a cc licence that is emailed to you with the songs you download, just in case soundexchange emails you?

    I dont think soundexchange would accept it if you emailed them back just saying "Oh, i use AirPlayDirect". You need to have documentation of all of the songs you play on your station, or you pay. Stupid system.

    But in Australia its like that, APRA has its monthly royalties rounds around the stations here and we have to document and send every singe song we have played since this time last year and what songs other shows (that dont use our music library) have to send us their tracklistings too! Its a big PAIN!
    And here's that documentation:
    http://www.copyright.gov/licensing/n...e-2010-7-1.pdf

    Show soundexchange or any band criticising you for not having licensing. If you are listed with Live365, Loudcity, Loudcaster etc.. They are listed on that document.

    -James

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