Rules For The Revolution: The Podcast

Answering your questions about podcasting, new media and the law.

Episode 006: Music Licensing

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Host: Colette Vogele

Guest: Tony Berman, Berman Entertainment and Technology Law
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Tony’s practice involves negotiation of entertainment and technology contracts and advising clients on legal issues involved in the formation of media-related organizations and protection of copyrights and trademarks. He is also an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law where he teaches Negotiating and Drafting Contracts in the Entertainment Business.

Topic: In this episode, Tony Berman, founder of Berman Entertainment and Technology Law, discusses the how to clear music content for your podcast. Tony doesn’t sugar coat the situation for us. He addresses questions about what licenses you need, what parties own the rights, how to search for rights holders, and some of the tools that are available to help clear the rights you need to use music legally.

Links for this Episode

  • BMI
  • Harry Fox Agency
  • Sound Exchange
  • IODA and Promonet
  • Copyright Act: subject matter of copyright, section 106 rights, definitions (see “sound recording”, “perform or display a work publicly”)
  • Background: To get more background information on these and other topics, check the Podcasting Legal Guide on licensing music.

    Credits: Benjamin A. Costa, Legal and Production Intern (and official techie guru). Music for this episode is licensed from Magnatune. (Artist: Burnshee Thornside; Album: The Art Of Not Blending In; Song: Can I Be A Star.) Special thanks to Creative Commons and Alex Roberts for the logo design, and to Bill Streeter for getting this site designed and rolling for us.

    Feedback: We would very much like to hear from you and get your feedback on this new podcast series. Things you like, don’t like, or questions you have that you’d like answered in a future episode are welcome. Please send us your feedback and questions by emailing us at colette [at] rulesfortherevolution [dot] com or by calling our listener comment line at 206-350-5738.

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