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RAIN 3/17: Radio legal experts offer free guide to music licensing issues

Posted on: 03/17/2010

NEW GUIDE ANSWERS COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT LICENSING MUSIC FOR THE WEB

Webcasters (and others running digital music services) face a sometimes baffling labyrinth of rights and licenses involving that music, and just trying to “stay legal” can be a daunting task. Law firm Davis Wright Tremaine has published (and is offering free access to) “The Basics of Music Licensing in Digital Media” — which answers the most-commonly asked questions from those who use music in online streaming, online video, downloads, and commercials.

Internet radio legal specialist David Oxenford is a DWT attorney and co-author of the guide (and, he’ll speak at our RAIN Summit West April 12th in Las Vegas — more info here.). Oxenford and co-author Robert J. Driscoll explain the different rights that can be implicated by the use of music, the controversy surrounding digital music use, and the concept of “fair use” and how it applies. It’s bedrock information that broadcasters and webcasters need to understand, and you can read it here.

UK SONGWRITERS’, PUBLISHERSDIGITAL EARNINGS GROWTH OUTPACES LOSSES FROM FALLING CD SALES

Royalties that songwriters, composers, and publishers earn in the UK from digital music sales is reportedly growing faster than their earnings from CDs are falling. Licensing organization PRS for Music (which represents 65-thousand UK songwriters, composers and music publishers) says UK online revenues for its members grew 73% last year (from £17.6 million to £30.4 million). Revenues from CD and DVD sales were down, but only £8.7 million, making 2009 the first time annual growth in online revenues has been higher than the fall in revenues from CD or DVD sales. Overall 2009 global revenues for its members totaled £623 million, up from £608.3 million in 2008. Check it out from the BBC here.

DMARC FOUNDER HILLES JOINS EX-CC COLLEAGUE IN NEW VENTURE

Two former Clear Channel Radio execs have scored a $550-thousand investment for their new venture. Robert Williams and Drew Hilles formed Digital Brand Connections to “build proprietary digital media players for well-known brands to stream rich media to their customers and fans.” A primary customer target will reportedly be sports franchises.

After Clear Channel, Hilles founded dMarc Broadcasting, which Google bought in 2006 for its now shuttered radio advertising project. Read more here.



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