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February 20, 2006

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Ian

Looks good, but I see a bit of data that needs scrubbing in the locations ... "USA, Texas" vs. "USA, TX" for one, plus a few others scattered around. Nice improvement though!

John Buckman

I see a bit of data that needs scrubbing in the locations

Whoops, you're right. I think I've fixed all the mistakes now.

-john

Nathan Jones

Still confused...

1. What are the risks to non-USA customers using non-USA music? That a collection agency in a different country might get upset?

2. "... never mix in unlicensed music from other sources." But mixing with licensed music from other sources should be okay, right?

John Buckman

1. What are the risks to non-USA customers using non-USA music? That a collection agency in a different country might get upset?

First, the issue only applies to people playing music in a public space, as this falls under a monopoly collections agency in every country I know of. For example, clothing stores need to pay performing rights agency fees to play any music in their stores. This problem doesn't apply to other uses of licensed music.

The only risk is if you're trying to avoid paying their fees. The way the system works is that each agency has its own contracts with the musicians in its country, and each contract has different terms. In the USA, the contract allows musicians to do their own deals, such as with Magnatune.

So... the "risk" is simply that if you have a public space and you play licensed music from Magnatune that isn't from the USA, your local collections agency may not recognize your license and may insist you pay their fees.

2. "... never mix in unlicensed music from other sources." But mixing with licensed music from other sources should be okay, right?

Again, this is only for public spaces, such as restaurants and clothing stores. Most performing rights collection agencies have a simple fee structure that says "if you play any music that we can collect on, even just one song, you pay the same fee as if you played nothing but songs we can collect on"

If you play music that you licensed elsewhere, make sure that it's performing-rights-royalty-free, otherwise you may have to pay the full fee to your performing rights agency.

Steph Wills

I like it. Any chance of linking the artist location to Google Maps as well? For example:

Location of artist: Edinburgh, Scotland (Google Map)

John Buckman

Any chance of linking the artist location to Google Maps as well? For example:

That's not overkill? That's useful?

Steph Wills

I don't see it as overkill. And while I'm not sure how useful it is, it's certainly convenient. But maybe it's just me.

Ryan Sawhill

I wouldn't call it overkill; more a waste of someone's (i.e. John's) time. I love me some gmaps just as much as the next person, and so if it's super-easy for you to implement, sure. I really think it's just not necessary though.

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