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.

Filed Under: copyright, licensing
Companies: youtube


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    The infamous Joe, 15 Aug 2007 @ 10:16am

    Now look what you made me do

    Gah, thanks a ton Ms. TheDock22. Because of you I actually *looked* around, which included riaa dot com and karaokeantipiracyagency dot com, and now I feel dirty-- having to sift through all their black propaganda ("Pirating IS Stealing", "You can't make a backup copy of music, only software-- even for personal use", etc). And it turns out that I was right, and greed does, in fact, rule. It seems that for karaoke to go on in a bar, both the Karaoke guy (KJ, as they seem to call themselves) *and* the bar need to get licenses, though it seems those are relatively cheap, or at least were a few years ago. So, it's safe to say that if *anyone* is making money from music, they need to pay a license. Anyway, as soon as I find a rusty brillo pad to clean myself with I'm sure I'll feel clean again. :)

    Back on topic, in my quick search I found lots of references that one needed to get a license for all sorts of things, but no where does it tell you *how*. I, for one, have no clue, still. It seems that if they made it easier to do, if might, ya know, happen. Seems like a scam to me. But I hate all things RIAA related,

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