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Old 12-06-2001, 09:04 AM   #1
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Default Who owns the rights to music videos and mp3?

I was reading a few articles about mp3 and I started wondering if a webmaster wanted to distribute mp3 files or music videos legally, who would he have to contact?
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Old 12-06-2001, 10:00 AM   #2
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You would have to contact the record companies, or in case and individual who has produced that video/song , the individual himself. But I'm sure the Record Comapnies won't allow you to distribute the mp3's.

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But I'm sure the Record Comapnies won't allow you to distribute the company.
I don't understand what you mean.
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Sorry about the typo - post edited
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Old 12-06-2001, 12:37 PM   #5
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Thanks, you're probably right about the mp3s, but what about videos, do you think they would let someone sell them?
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Old 12-07-2001, 04:10 AM   #6
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Thanks, you're probably right about the mp3s, but what about videos, do you think they would let someone sell them?
I don't think they will allow you to sell videos but maybe broadcast them, you will have to give them a royalty like the music channels do to broadcast the videos.
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Old 12-07-2001, 12:40 PM   #7
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You need to touch base with the good old RIAA . Getting rights to distribute musical content as an independent company is VERY HARD TO DO. Only companies with a relationship with the lables have been able to do it legally. Most sites you see that are distributing musical content legally are owned by a record label or have the same parent company. You can check News.com and do a search on varous terms like On-line Radio or RIAA and see how big of a mess this has been. The lables have tried to control on-line distribution and no independent groups are making much headway.
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Old 12-07-2001, 07:40 PM   #8
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I wouldn't even bother. It's one of those 'old-school' industries that's very hard to even negotiate with. I've been looking into the idea of opening a video store, and trying to introduce technical innovations that would be hard for competitors to replicate. One example was a kiosk that would play trailers and IMDB.com-type info when you swiped a movie through. Anyways, there are only a few companies who are licensed to redistribute trailers, and they're very restrictive, not to mention expensive.

On a related note, I was talking on the phone to one fellow who casually mentioned that one studio asked for (and got!) over $6,500 per second of movie footage. Yipes!
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