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YouTube Videos And This Site September 28, 2010

Posted by joinchoir in Uncategorized.
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I have been chasing down the info available on the web and through email conversations with the powers that be. It is very clear to me that YouTube has a public performance license from both BMI and ASCAP. The typical fare that we choir directors produce (and is put on YouTube by us or the parents of our singers) is covered by those licenses. If we make a video that uses prerecorded music or video that is another ball game. Please only send me links of music that is either a cappella or is accompanied by live musicians.

On the question of can ASCAP or BMI expect a site that embeds videos from YouTube to also have a license, it seems pretty clear that no further license is needed. ASCAP has stated that they are not going after not for profit blogs (like this one) that embed YouTube content. However, they have made several attempts to force for profit sites to pay up. YouTube has asked those sites to refer ASCAP to YouTube in such cases.



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