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Hey guys,

I saw a need for a paper on what sort of licenses are needed for podcasting material that is under copyright. There are lots of confusing opinions out there which don't actually tell anyone anything concrete. After hours of research and calls to numerous PRO's and licensing organizations I have completed my research. I want to see everyone podcasting legally and not getting slapped with a court order from some large company. On my website I have posted an article that outlines what liceneses are needed, where to get them etc, I hope it can help some of you out.

Yes it is a messy business but if you believe in the product your are putting out it can be negotiated.

Let me know if you have any questions (I'm not working for some giant company, I'm just a trombone player who wants to give a little back)

[url][/url] (click on Podcasting article to open up a new window) Acrobat reader is required.

All the best,

Just my opinion, but I would say to toss the thought of using Big Brother music and look at podsafe music. There is so much great music out there in all genres where the artists are hoping that someone out there will give them greater exposure. This is directly opposed to the music monopolies who want to choose the music you listen to and make you like it (is it any wonder that popular music has been stagnant for the past two decades, when the monoplies bought up most of the small independants).

The procedures for playing copyrighted music are incredibly difficult because each instance is so different. And with the RIAA in their death throes, one just never knows when they are going to come out and attack you, like a wounded animal.

With podsafe music it is normally just a matter of asking the artist. To date I have offered 13 shows and have 12 in the line-up ready to go. I have yet to encounter anyone telling me that they would rather not have me play their music (I have had a few emails not answered, but that's about it). By playing podsafe music, not only will you steer clear of the fees associated with playing copyrighted music, but you will also help artists working outside of the established structure, and they will appreciate it.

Please let me know if you would like any help finding a particular type of music to play, as I have investigated a very wide variety - after all, the name of my show is Eclectic Mix. <g>

Cheers -


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I agree in general it is easier to use "podsafe" music. But one has to be careful to make sure that artist has the right to use his own music. It sounds like we are both trying to help folks out and it is nice to have another avenue for folks to get the music they would like from. Thanks for the info.

Brad Rollans

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Jack -

When an artist signs a "big contract" with the music monopoly, they sign away the rights to their music. The distributor normally as the rights to do whatever they want with the music in perpetuity.

They are increasingly coming to realize that signing would be the kiss of death. After all, they don't really make money from CDs. Where they make their money is from you attending their concerts, which his why hundreds (perhaps thousands?) allow their concerts to be recorded and made available. I have found numerous groups this way and featured them on the Eclectic Mix podcast. The more familliar you are with a group, the more likely you are to attend their concert.

As far as CDs are concerned, it is typical for the artist to get about 75 cents from the $16 (or whatever) you pay for a CD (five people in the group, divide that by five for each person). This is why it is so amusing when the RIAA tries to claim that you are hurting the artists by downloading.

Artists selling their own CDs are a different story. You know how much CDs cost - add a little more for printing. Now the $10 you pay an independant artist means that they get $7-$7 (which is why some sell their CDs for $5.

Cheers -


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