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by Mike Masnick


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So You Want To License Some Music For That YouTube Video...

from the you-want-to-do-what-now-with-the-whotube? dept

Ray Beckermann points us to an opinion piece by Shelly Palmer, who is President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Palmer's article is officially about why it's dumb for music publishers to join in the mad rush to sue Google/YouTube over not getting royalties for songs used in YouTube videos. However, he actually makes a point that goes well beyond the futility of suing, by showing how ridiculous the licensing process is today. Basically, there are numerous different rights that you need to secure, and each may require a different negotiation with a different party -- and almost no one makes it easy to figure out who you need to talk to about what. In other words, even if people did want to properly license the music playing in their background while making a home video of their toddler dancing, it's probably not even possible.

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    Loren, 15 Aug 2007 @ 5:47am

    Licensing..

    I create videos of our schools chorus and for a mission trip on a yearly basis. The mission trip is normally easy because one company admins both licenses for most of the songs I need (Sync and master recording). The other our chorus owns all the master recordings since we are singing so I only need one license but it is still next to impossible to find all the companies I need to license the songs. It takes 3+ weeks to get them back.

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