uploading songs onto a website
Asked by: littlestitch-ga
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10 May 2006 14:55 PDT
Expires: 09 Jun 2006 14:55 PDT
Question ID: 727418
Some friends and I are planning to create a website dedicated to people living with HIV/AIDS. We wanted to have a selection of audio files of songs (we wanted to call it "hivtunes" people can listen to online we feel best embody some of the challenges of living with this disease. Is this legal if we ensure that they cannot be downloaded? We are based in the UK. if it is not possible to have entire songs, how about clips?
Re: uploading songs onto a website
Answered By: webadept-ga on 17 May 2006 20:58 PDT
Hi, The bottom line is that you need a license to broadcast, stream or share on your website, copyrighted material. There is no getting around that, there are however some places that can help you get a license and answer some questions about copyrights, such as LoudCity: http://www.loudcity.net/ A good page is here: Building your dream - How to start an internet radio station for as little as $20. http://www.loudcity.net/Resources/HowToStartWebcasting/tabid/123/Default.aspx That's a fairly good alternative and allows for some extras as well. The laws are fairly clear, but one thing that is a driving force on all of them is, are you making a profit from the copyrighted material, or are you taking money away from (damages) the artist and owners of that material? If the answer is yes to either of these, then you are breaking the law and could suffer some real losses of your own. On idea I had when I first read this question, is the AMV's my son and I create and show on our websites. AMV's (Anime Music Videos) are a growing hobby for many on the Internet. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5739934448040541323 I'm not going on record and saying that these are absolutely legal, but they are left alone, probably because they are more "promotion" than anything else. For your website they maybe just the answer you are looking for, because you can not only use the music but inspiring visual effects as well, and with the Google Video service you can show them on your website and attract traffic from the Google Video site to your website as well. Good Luck! Thanks, webadept-ga
Re: uploading songs onto a website
From: rkrause-ga on 05 Jun 2006 08:48 PDT
Unfortunately, the answer provided above is incorrect. If you are based in the United Kingdom, the firm mentioned will *not* cover you as explained on their homepage. Each country has different statutes in place for the exploitation of sound recordings and musical compositions on the Internet -- most are enacted based upon various international treaties (such is the case with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and describe the specific rates and terms for Webcasters. The UK is no different. You will need to contact PPL and PRS as these two performing-rights societies in your country will be able to provide you with the exact information that you, as a Webcasters, need to ensure you are in full compliance with the copyright law. http://www.prs.co.uk/ http://www.ppluk.com/ Keep in mind that whether or not you make a profit from the online performance of the music compositions and sound recordings does NOT absolve you of your obligation to still pay royalties to the songwriters, performing artists, and record producers. It may be worth noting that SWCast Network is in the process of negotiating a blanket license with the PPL. So they may soon be a more feasible alternative. http://www.jplprogram.co.uk/ Sincerely, rkrause-ga
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