Do I need a license ?

#42
I recently started a station and then closed it again. I used to be a Mobile/Club DJ (30 years man and boy) but due to ill health have had to give up. The Idea of a radio station appealed to me as i had saved a lot of my old jingles and mixes and playlists that i played and so started a small thing on livewebdj just playing tracks, I was quite excited at the prospect and then came the bombshell when a friend said do you need a license?? Having thought about it for a week or so I have closed down my fledgling station (it only lasted 10 days). I only did it for friends but record companies do not see it like that. I found it all very muddled and hazy, there is no straight forward definition of what you are covered for, and prices are even more of a grey area. For instance I would have been effectively broadcasting from the USA and yet sitting at home in the UK. I found the administration help on livewebdj virtually non existent. Only answering tickets once a week, usually on a Monday/tuesday Morning. This is not good for someone worried about breaking any rules. When i did contact Steamlicensing i wasn't even answered. I have therefore shelved my wicked plans (lol) to dominate the internet airwaves with my musical knowledge and tunes. I am still interested in it all though hence my reasoning for signing up here. My ill health means i have a quite a lot of time on my hands, without going into to many specifics, I can't walk and am in pain daily. The thought of a station being on air even if i was ill appealed to me no end and i had it set up and playing within 30 minutes and had a handful of friends listening. I applaud anyone who has the bravery to start up something. I suppose my story is not unusual but I stopped because i know if i was hit with a licensing fine i could not pay it. Anyway as this is my first post and i thought i'd say hello and thanks for accepting my membership on this forum. I love listening to all the stations and have found a few good one this evening and am avidly listening now.
 
#44
Hi there, and thanks for the welcome. I had not even considered it to be honest. I will look into it. thanks for the suggestion and if anyone see's my post and would like a hand with their station, I'd be only to pleased to help. I love all types of music.
 
#45
Hello there,
I am coming up with a community website in USA on Jan 1st. 2016 and wants to play another music website on our website with embedded link.
1. Do I need a license for this ?
2. Do I need a permission to embed link?
3. Do I have to pay royalties ?

Please advise
Thank you
 
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LG73

New Member
#48
Hi Feroze777. What you want to get is the Tariff 22.F Application for Licence Excel form they have on the SOCAN site. It includes a handy calculator to figure out what your annual rate would be. A link for the form is on this page: https://www.socan.ca/content/tariff-22f

As far as I know you don't need permission from anyone to get SOCAN licencing. You can apply for the licence on-line at http://www.socan.ca/licensees/apply

In my case for 2015 it was $100 + GST for each of my two stations. My stations have zero revenue and monthly expenses for streaming, hosting etc. but most "hobbies" these days cost money! For now the SOCAN licencing seems very fair to me as far as price goes.


Regards,
Philip
 
#49
Hi Feroze777. What you want to get is the Tariff 22.F Application for Licence Excel form they have on the SOCAN site. It includes a handy calculator to figure out what your annual rate would be. A link for the form is on this page: https://www.socan.ca/content/tariff-22f

As far as I know you don't need permission from anyone to get SOCAN licencing. You can apply for the licence on-line at http://www.socan.ca/licensees/apply

In my case for 2015 it was $100 + GST for each of my two stations. My stations have zero revenue and monthly expenses for streaming, hosting etc. but most "hobbies" these days cost money! For now the SOCAN licencing seems very fair to me as far as price goes.


Regards,
Philip
Interesting post Philip, i have looked for a price on that page but can't find one. I would be very interested in this for my station if i get it going again, my outgoings were around $25 a month, no revenues as i didn't play adverts. I am currently looking at https://www.pronetlicensing.com/index.shtml
however with them you have to have a website and you have t display the license badge on your page and through a specific player, all good however my friends have iphones and i don't think their flash/java players work on Iphones. shame they can't have a HTML5 based player as this would work fine then. I would also be interested in hookng up with any UK based DJ's looking to start up a small hobby station. however the whole thing would have to be licensed as there is no way of me starting back up without being covered.

just been listening to LG73, very good set up,

my main issues are i am based in the UK, and livewebdj and the stream are USA based. my website if i get one would could be USA or UK, where would i stand with all that.
 
#50
Hey everyone my radio colleague has setup a online radio station and he is based in the US and i'm based in the UK and we're looking for licences to stream music onto our website and in Euro Truck Simulator 2 at some point can anybody help with what US licences we would need as i know here in the UK you would need PRS and PPL.
 

dooly

New Member
#54
Hey everyone my radio colleague has setup a online radio station and he is based in the US and i'm based in the UK and we're looking for licences to stream music onto our website and in Euro Truck Simulator 2 at some point can anybody help with what US licences we would need as i know here in the UK you would need PRS and PPL.

Where is the main source?
If you have two sources in different countries, then the one that is on air the majority of the time would be the primary source.
The main source is usually where the tracks played data is organized (technically). But It could be either place, and it must be declared (by picking ONE). you only need to do either prs or ascap, but which one depends on where you want the primary source point (your choice).
 
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