The PRS and BMI have always defended the rights of their music creators and protected the value of their copyrights. This agreement preserves this common mission by recalling these innovative practices and procedures in order to maintain maximum transparency and accountability in any society. In addition, important sectoral issues such as administrative royalty restrictions will be addressed and agreements on the flow of digital rights will be consolidated, among other things. Every time you play in public a song that you have not written or have not played music recorded in public, z.B. in a club, restaurant, you meet, on radio or online streaming, public licenses for performance are required. In addition to the performance rights organizations representing the authors and publishers of the music works you use on your website and/or mobile app, you may need to contact record companies and/or the RIAA through their SoundExchange licensing organization for the reproduction and/or distribution of their music. We are not in the field of enforcement. However, all three agencies are actively seeking copyright infringement. The result may be surprise charges, bad press, falling music and, in some cases, legal action. Are you getting caught? Maybe. Maybe not.
But there are far more reasons to do things right than the fear of getting caught. Look at all our reasons for getting a license. Music content is one of the engines of the explosive growth of the Internet. As technology capabilities continue to improve, sound and video integrate seamlessly into web content. Therefore, music can be an integral part of any successful business model in cyberspace. The Web will depend on music in the same way that radio and television will depend on music for programming and content. On the internet, music can bring even more added value, as consumers are more actively involved in the content experience. Artists and artists not signed with independent labels who write their own songs benefit greatly from the revenue from performance costs.
If your business earns music revenues, songwriters and music publishers should be compensated for their creative contribution to your business. According to U.S. copyright, there are no exceptions for 30 seconds or less. Record companies may authorize such uses by certain companies for the promotion of album sales. Keep in mind, however, that record companies make up most of their revenue; On the other hand, BMI songwriters and publishers are highly dependent on revenues from public performance rights. PRS for Music and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) today announced the signing of a new reciprocal international agreement that will benefit songwriters, composers and music publishers representing both companies. Business owners in the U.S. should contact the three rights agencies that manage all public service licenses in the United States, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, to inquire about obtaining utility licenses. Expect your playlists to notify these agencies and share a small percentage of your revenue for royalties that agencies then distribute to copyright holders. The audio visual services license applies to websites and applications that offer pure audiovisual playback and generate (or can generate) revenue.