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StreamLicensing Blog / Re: Copyright Law Changes for 2015 and 2016
« on: March 15, 2015, 10:50:26 AM »
Geofiltering will make some happy (most of us I think) but others not so happy. I'm doing the best I can given the complex and changing situation.

To update all on 2016. At this point a lot of unknowns are floating around. The best legal advice I can get is to be prepared to act but to sit quietly on the side in the meantime. I am doing both and will update as needed.

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Broadcasting News / Who is getting the money?
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:46:09 PM »
Here is a well-thought-out and informative article:  http://xappmedia.com/artists-blame-record-labels-not-music-streaming/#axzz3RejLwnGJ

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StreamLicensing Blog / Re: Copyright Law Changes for 2015 and 2016
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:39:26 AM »
The following was posted on a recent Facebook page. It has some redundant information but may add some points not already covered.

Let me give you a little bit of history as I understand it and please excuse the length of this post. If you don't have time to read the entire post please read the last paragraph because it impacts your future in 2016.

Here in the U.S. SoundExchange administers the fees paid to artists for the plays they receive on Internet Radio. SoundExchange doesn't make their rules and policies, they simply administer the laws passed by the lawmakers and policy makers in this great country. Most of their fee structure charges a small fraction per EACH listener who tunes into EACH song (performance-based fee.) If you work the math, even 25 listeners listening to 10 songs per hour times 24 x 7 x 30 x .0008, or whatever is the correct fee, adds up in a hurry.

However, several pioneers in this business (folks like Loudcity and Spacial Audio and many others I'm sure) worked with the lawmakers to get the Micro, and Small Webcasters and Small PurePlay agreements in place. These allow smaller broadcasters to operate under a revenue based fee rather than a per performance based fee. This fee structure has made it possible for smaller broadcasters to afford to broadcast.

Now looking to 2015. StreamLicensing operated under the Small PurePlay agreement in 2014 which allowed us a maximum of 10 million ATH per month. We were running right up against 10 million. The Small PurePlay agreement expires at midnight December 31, 2014. My attorney and I have exhausted all means to find a way around this problem. No way exists. The only thing left for StreamLicensing is to operate under the Small Webcaster's Agreement which has a monthly maximum cap of 5 million ATH. So clearly the choices I had were a) to dump 5 million ATH by turning my largest Affiliates out into the cold or b) to make arrangements with another company to take those I MUST lose so all still have an affordable home. Neither choice is one I would voluntarily choose. I've chose choice b.

PRONETLicensing is not owned by me and legally can't be. It is a totally separate entity operated by Kathy Allen. PRONETLicensing is renting my StreamLicensing software and our support team has an agreement to provide technical support to PRONETLicensing clients. So, while I have no control over business decisions, policies or such there, your technical experience will be about the same as you experience at StreamLicensing. At this point, after the dust settles on January 1, both StreamLicensing and PRONETLicensing should have plenty of room for SMALLER accounts needing blanket royalty coverage.

Now for 2016. This is where we all face a common problem. My attorney informs me that none of the (SoundExchange) proposed agreements have any provision for smaller broadcasters (i.e. nothing similar to Micro, Small or Small Pureplay.) This means that the fees we face in 2016 will be performance based (number of listeners per song X .0008 or whatever multiplier is agreed,) I hope we can all unite to change this and essentially save Internet Radio for Small Webcasters. More in a couple of weeks when I catch up from the changes that must be made for 2015. Thanks for taking time to read this, and to you who have been or are StreamLicensing Affiliates, a special thanks for your support and trust over the years.

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Catch All Discussion Board / Free Streaming eBook
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:12:58 PM »
I've been scanning this book today. Looks like it has info of value. Choose the eBook "Radio Station Streaming 2015" http://www.radioworld.com/ebooks

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Broadcasting News / Copyright Law Changes for 2015 and 2016
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:10:49 PM »
(This is a duplicate of my post in my blog category.)

Unfortunately in 2015, Small PurePlay agreements (SoundExchange) are no more. Small PurePlay allowed a cap of 10 million ATH per month which is just about what StreamLicensing Affiliates are running right now.

Since Small PurePlay goes away on January, 2015 1 I am left with no choice but reduce my Affiliates ATH to the 5 million ATH monthly cap available under the Small Webcaster's agreement. This means I must lose roughly 1/2 the ATH my Affiliates use by January 1. I've invested quite a bit of money with my attorney exploring the best way forward and the end result is not what I had hoped. Yet, I think the answer we've found is far better then no solution.

Our new resource partner http://www.ProNetLicensing.Com will provide blanket licensing for those we can no longer service here. http://www.ProNetLicensing.Com will be renting StreamLicensing software and utilizing our support team so the experience there will be somewhat similar to what you have here.

Looking ahead to 2016:

The problem is in 2016 all legal proposals by the copyright board so far have NO provision for Small Pureplay or for Small Webcasters. This leaves us as very small broadcasters, at just about an impossible royalty fee under the other SoundExchange agreements. I think we can change this and have some action ideas I'll be sharing asking your help on starting in mid-January.

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StreamLicensing Blog / Copyright Law Changes for 2015 and 2016
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:08:55 PM »
Unfortunately in 2015, Small PurePlay agreements (SoundExchange) are no more. Small PurePlay allowed a cap of 10 million ATH per month which is just about what StreamLicensing Affiliates are running right now.

Since Small PurePlay goes away on January, 2015 1 I am left with no choice but reduce my Affiliates ATH to the 5 million ATH monthly cap available under the Small Webcaster's agreement. This means I must lose roughly 1/2 the ATH my Affiliates use by January 1. I've invested quite a bit of money with my attorney exploring the best way forward and the end result is not what I had hoped. Yet, I think the answer we've found is far better then no solution.

Our new resource partner http://www.ProNetLicensing.Com will provide blanket licensing for those we can no longer service here. http://www.ProNetLicensing.Com will be renting StreamLicensing software and utilizing our support team so the experience there will be somewhat similar to what you have here.

Looking ahead to 2016:

The problem is in 2016 all legal proposals by the copyright board so far have NO provision for Small Pureplay or for Small Webcasters. This leaves us as very small broadcasters, at just about an impossible royalty fee under the other SoundExchange agreements. I think we can change this and have some action ideas I'll be sharing asking your help on starting in mid-January.

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Yes, every tune in goes to your ReliaStream server whether it is from our player, Tunein.com, windows media guide, itunes or our app. We pull the data required for license reports directly from your Reliastream server. This is why having our stream(s) in our monitor panel and validating is so important.

So it tunein or our app or whatever is not relaying it is tuning in directly to your stream server and we pull that data from the server.

So you enter your actual stream address with tunein.com. For the others like iTunes, I recommend letting us host a static pls launch file or asx file for Windows media guide. That way any changes in address port for itunes or WMG can just be made instantly in the launch file we host.

If this leads to further questions or clarifications just ask.

Marvin

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RadioDJ / Re: RadioDJ
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:55:51 AM »
 I used radiodj for the last few years and it is a VERY good program. Right up at the top for a free program. I've switched to Station Playlist but only reluctantly and because I wanted some features still on the drawing board at radiodj.

Marvin

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RadioDJ / Re: Altacast Plugin for RadioDJ 1.7.4
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:54:32 AM »
Sorry for the silence here on this! I guess you will need to touch base on the radiodj forum. The altacast developer is there and is a StreamLicensing affiliate as well I believe, for that matter.

Marvin

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Catch All Discussion Board / Re: Radionomy
« on: October 04, 2014, 07:15:54 PM »
Depends if you are on their PRO or their Hobby plan.

Marvin

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Catch All Discussion Board / Re: Rookie Mistake
« on: September 12, 2014, 07:14:10 PM »
Good advice. I once lost a server chock full of music and I've been a lot more careful to keep offsite backups ever since.

Ditto for StreamLicensing data. I am very meticulous about backups.

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Station Playlist / Re: Station Playlist & Creator
« on: September 12, 2014, 07:11:21 PM »
Welcome Lanewells! I just switched to Station Playlist about a month ago. Great software!

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Catch All Discussion Board / Re: registration audiorealm...reqiured?
« on: July 08, 2014, 04:50:39 AM »
Not by StreamLicensing.

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If StreamLicensing were to add a very FEW more genres to our directory listing what should those genres be?

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Broadcasting News / Re: Webcast Reporting Rules
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:51:41 AM »
It is certainly going to add one more bit of information for each song played. Actually most of what is suggested is required now, but for whatever reason (probably the fact the the info just isn't available for much of what is played, and some software doesn't have the ability to provide it at this point) the requirements are not enforced.

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