Licensing question for video streaming
Date: March 5, 2015
I have researched this topic and come up with different answers from different sources, so I am hoping someone can shed light for me. Our choir is producing a 4-minute promotional video, containing short clips of our singers performing three copyrighted songs, interspersed with interviews and other information. We hope to share it with prospective families through a link on our website. One publisher has explained that we will need a digital internet broadcast license, and has offered us a rate of $35 per song per year. A second publisher has said there would be a minimum charge of $250 per song. The third publisher has not responded at all to my inquiry. Here are my questions. First, is it correct that the license we need is called a digital internet broadcast license, and should we expect that each publisher will charge a different rate for that? (I assume the license is not compulsory, and therefore may also be denied.) Second, is the same type of license required when posting a song on Youtube? (i.e., do choirs who post performances on that website pay licensing fees to the respective publishers? Or is that handled differently?) Third, if anyone can think of a different way we might approach / proceed with this project, I would appreciate hearing it. (Please do not suggest using public domain pieces, as this is a children's choir, and we need flexibility in our choice of music for the project.) Thanks so much.
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