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Clarification of Radio Airplay Terms and Copyright?

Discussion in 'Intellectual Property Law Forum' started by Music Man, 21 August 2015.

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  1. Music Man

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    Hi,
    I am a musician, and I am thinking of sending my songs to this radio webstation, but I read their legal policy and am confused. They are supposed registered with the PRS in UK which collects airplay royalties on behalf of the artists and sound recording owners, yet in their terms it contradicts this. Would appreciate if someone can help clarify what they mean and if its okay to go ahead and send them my songs for airplay.

    Thanks.

     
  2. Tim W

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    1. You are basically giving your work away fro free, for their commercial benefit.
      I do not recommend this (that said, royalty free air play on proper radio is a well established form of payola).

    2. Even if they do pay into a UK collecting society - are you a member?
      And if something goes wrong, do you have the resources (ie the money!) to mount an action in the UK?
      (or anywhere else specified in the "Choice of Law" clause?)

    3. Remember, the easier it is to get into these things, the less worth they actually are.

    4. If you don't understand it, don't sign up for it.
     
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    Hi Tim

    I am full member of AMCOS/APRA who as you know collect royalties from PRS and other overseas societies on behalf of all Australian members.
     
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    BTW what do you mean by 'Choice of law' clause?
     
  5. Tim W

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    Some info here
     
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