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Chapter 14. Music and Intellectual Property > Podsafe Music for Your Podcast

Podsafe Music for Your Podcast

While many musicians (and their record companies) are concerned about controlling the distribution of music so they can be sure that they’re being compensated for each copy, there are other musicians who have other concerns. Some musicians are just getting started, and are much more interested in seeing their music get into as many ears as possible than in denying anyone the ability to download or copy their music. Some musicians get the majority of their income from concert gate revenues, and don’t have a record deal, so they see recorded music as a marketing tool to get people into their concerts. Some people just have a view of music performance that includes letting people download or copy their music as much as possible, and donate money as they feel the musician deserves. All of these views (including that of the major record labels) are fine, and there are ways for each group to use copyright and licensing to enforce their particular view. We’ve already looked at the copyright side of things, so let’s spend some time looking at music you can legitimately include in your podcast.

The first type of music people look for is that which carries a no-royalty license. You can find this type of music on CDs of music samples, websites, and on CDs attached to books and magazines. It will explicitly say in the text surrounding the music that it is available for use in any context without a royalty payment. You’ll want to be sure that the license covers the type of podcast you’re putting together (take special note of whether you’re limited to non-commercial use), and you’ll need to print out or keep a copy of the license allowing your podcast use just in case there’s ever a question from someone who holds (or who believes they hold) the rights to the music.


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