Recently, the folks at SoundExchange held a webinar geared towards webcasters, that is you folks who stream music. It was, to put it mildly, extremely informative. They covered many of the basics of the statutory license, royalty rates, reporting requirements, various Webcasting Service Agreements (such as the CPB-SoundExchange agreement), etc. It also included a lengthy Q&A session that touched on many interesting issues.
For those who didn’t attend, SoundExchange has made a video of the webinar available on their YouTube channel. I’ve also embedded the webinar video below.
You can also read the questions and answers that came up here, but I strongly, enthusiastically, and most definitely whole-heartedly recommend watching the entire video, so you can hear the discussion before the Q&A for background. Trust me, you’ll learn a lot about what this whole thing is about and who SoundExchange is and exactly what they do (and don’t do).
Some of the takeaways, for me:
- The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which governs all of this is real law and the penalties for breaking it are potentially high
- Much like myself and Public Interactive, SoundExchange cannot provide legal advice
- SoundExchange cannot provide waivers for the DMCA’s Performance Complement, even for classical music; only the rights holders (i.e., the labels) can do so
But, please, do yourself a big favor and make time to watch the webinar video.
Finally, in addition to webinars like this and the aforementioned YouTube channel, SoundExhange also offers lots of helpful information for both stations and artists on their blog, as well as via Facebook and Twitter. Check it all out.