mp3 downloads from band website or itunes?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by steve_r, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. steve_r

    steve_r Member

    Has anyone looked into selling mp3 downloads from their website or itunes?

    I understand I can buy a licence from PRS and then sell downloads from our site, but has anyone looked into the alternative of selling mp3s through itunes or a similar third party site?

    The recordings would not be from CDs released through a label, but would be recordings made by and sold by the band. I have heard that itunes will only deal with recording labels but can't find any info.

    Thanks as usual

  2. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Have a look at Rob Cumberland's site for general bits and pieces around this kind of thing - BEMUSO .

    Details of the Limited Online Exploitation Licence are here.

    Details of the Joint Online Licence are here.
  3. steve_r

    steve_r Member

    Thanks I will

    I looked at the LOEL and thats what we would need to do it ourselves, but it mentions recording rights - presumably if no label is involved we hold these?

  4. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Depends on how they're recorded and what, if any, contracts are involved.

    The rights to a sound recording belong to the people who've made it unless specifically assigned otherwise in the contract. Essentially, what this means is that if the recording has been made by a someone else you need their explicit permission to use it in this way.

    (Don't presume that you hold the rights if someone else has recorded the material for you - some CDs that I do are released under the KMJ Recordings banner and others are released by the Bands under their own catalogue numbers - however, I own the copyright in all the sound recordings that are made, but I essentially allow the Bands to use them as they wish....other Companies may charge for alternative distribution agreements or may even refuse permission.)
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2007
  5. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    More stuff to read here.

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