rights

Can I play Pandora in my business?

Pandora

Episode 1609

Ted from Whitter, California

Ted has a business and plays a pandora in the background. Is he breaking the law? Leo says that technically, you need a license fee to play music in your business. ASCAP/BMI has secret shoppers that go around looking for this kind of thing and then sends businesses letters letting them know you're in violation and have to buy a license. Google ASCAP BMI, you'll find a page on what to do in order to play music. The fee is about $250 a year. There is a service called MUZAK that does just that. They handle all that, but you pay for the service. Also, check out SoundTrackYourBrand.com.

Why is Peloton Being Sued?

Peloton

Episode 1577

Laura from California

Laura hears that there's a lawsuit against Peloton for not having the license of music they play for their spin classes. Chances are, they have the wrong license, and they need a worldwide synchronization license to play music in a video format over the internet. They're being sued for $150 million, and  it's probably a ploy just to get more money out of Peloton. 

Google Sets Prohibitive New Rules for YouTube Musicians

YouTube

Episode 1155

A YouTube musician named Zoe Keating is resisting YouTube's latest demands that all musicians sign a draconian, 5 year agreement to provide ads on all music videos, make the entire music catalog available, and release exclusively on YouTube first. She would also be prohibited from putting any music on other free services like BandCamp or SoundCloud.

Peter Krogh Says Instagram Owns Everything You Post

Episode 1005

Peter Krogh, author of the The DAM Book (Digital Asset Management) has released a collection of essays on Instagram and their terms of use and rights they reserve when you post your images using the Instagram app.

According to Krogh, the company claims a right to do nearly anything with the photos and videos uploaded to the service, including to sell them, forever. Krogh goes on to advocate for the right of the user to terminate their "contract" with Instagram at any time if they feel the terms are unfair.