Situations like this can be ambiguous, as you are liable for where your station is broadcast but also not entirely in control when circumstances as these occur. It is best to contact your licence provider for more information if anything like this crops up.
As long as no copyright music is played throughout the show you will not require any form of licence to broadcast online.
The licence would have to be purchased for the country the owner lives in, making sure it has permissions to play music in the country the station broadcasts to. For instance, if the owner of a station lived in the UK, but broadcast in the USA, they would need licences from PPL and PRS.
If you are unable to pay for extra licences that would cover some countries, IbadaLive has a geo-protection feature that allows you to block access from any country you wish.
Yes, you will be required to pay a one-time licence fee that grants you a licence to play the music wherever you want, as many times as you want without further cost. Royalty free sites include:
Jamendo Music: An independent music community.
Audio Jungle: Thousands of tracks available for just $1.
Storyblocks: Offers music, sound effects and jingles.
And if you would prefer to have something more unique there are websites such as Fiverr, an online platform where session musicians offer their services for a fee and can compose and record music for you which can then be used again and again.
As both of these states fall under US jurisdiction they will be covered by ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange.
Regulatory bodies represent copyright holders across the world so a licence from your native organisation should cover you for any music you will be playing.
Check the licence you already have to see if it covers the areas you intend to broadcast to. If not, you will need to get in contact with the regulatory bodies from the countries you’re aiming for to see what licences you will need.
Not specifically for that music as the purpose of the licence is to make sure royalties can go to the appropriate artists and publishers, which does not apply for out of copyright music as it is considered to be public property under law. However, be sure to double check songs to make sure they’re actually out of copyright!
No. Radio.co provide no licencing services on behalf of artists or publishers. We are strictly a hosting platform.
At the bottom of this article is a list containing the names of regulatory bodies across the world, as well as links to their websites. However, this list is not comprehensive, so if your country is missing it is best to contact your local government for information on which organisations provide licences.
Regulatory bodies provide licences and act as intermediaries between copyright owners and you, collecting royalties to ensure the owners receive fair pay for use of their work. There are individual organisations specific to each country who regulate these licences. For instance-
In the UK, there are two main regulatory bodies:
- PPL: Phonographic Performance Limited; represent the interests of record labels and collect royalties from radio stations on their behalf.
- PRS: Performing Rights Society; collects royalties on behalf of artists and composers and covers music that’s played on TV, Radio and Online.
Whereas in the USA there are 4 regulatory bodies:
- ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
- BMI: Broadcast Music Inc.
- SESAC: Society of European Stage Authors and Composers.
ASCAP, BMI and SESAC collect royalties for public performances, which include radio stations, businesses, bars, shops etc. All three perform the same function.
SoundExchange is different as it collects royalties from digital public performances, meaning anything done over the internet. If your station is limited to online only with no other public broadcasts then SoundExchange will cover your needs.
Be aware that licences from these organisations do not cover music for use outside of unskippable content like live broadcasts. Therefore, if you turn your show into a publicly-accessible podcast after it’s broadcast you will be unable to include the music used or else you will breach the licence agreement.