[SLED] Copyright law (again)
aaron at powertrip.net
Thu Jan 25 10:50:56 PST 2007
Milosun Czervik wrote:
> Yesterday, I saw a gadget in SL that plays the tunes of a given
> band/artist. For example, you buy the "Johnny Cash" jukebox (a 1 or 2
> prim deal with embedded script), and install it on land you own or to
> which you have rights, if you click to play, you will hear eight or more
> Cash tunes.
> These tunes stream from some dude's server - so there is no transfer of
> ownership per se.
> What's the thinking on this with regard to copright law?
> I know that with ShoutCast, I can stream my MP3's through my server, but
> I think I remember something about the fact that I can't make a list of
> *what* is to be played and post it. Perhaps I'm not recalling that
> Anyway ... just trolling for input if you have time.
This falls under laws for re-broadcasting music. Places like
LoudCity.net handle licensing for mp3/shoutcast servers, however the
above use would even violate that. Part of the radio-style licensing
includes limits on the number of songs played by the same artist,
playing a full single album and other restrictions. Chances are, this
user is in violation of re-broadcast laws. On the Loudcity site they
have some FAQs for more info.
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