Just wanted to bring to everybody’s attention a very interesting rundown of the basics of music licensing in digital media here, recently written by David Oxenford and Robert Driscoll. They do a first rate job of describing many of the issues in layman’s terms. I highly recommend that everybody take a few minutes to read it.
DISCLAIMER: I myself am not a lawyer, and so cannot provide any further interpretation of these issues for you. If you ask I will recommend – as I already have to many – that you consult with your own legal counsel about any questions involving interpretation of the laws that govern all of this (i.e., the Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
Mr. Oxenford just published a piece today about how SoundExchange is starting to contact stations that are in not in compliance with royalty payments for music streaming. I’m not aware of SoundExchange having yet contacted of any of stations covered by the CPB-SX agreement for non-compliance – but I assume it’s only a matter of time. Don’t be one of those stations!
On another note, the deadline for getting Public Interactive your Q1 2010 SoundExchange reporting data is fast approaching. Please please please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your data!