Selling music

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RyanPriestman
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Selling music

Post by RyanPriestman » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:22 pm

Hello,

Great to be on the forums!

I am a very young, and keen web developer / creator. And I hjad a idea the other day to create an online music store (inside a website).

Now, I buy my music off a website called LegalSounds, and it's all legal etc.

Would I be able to sell the music I buy off there onto my website / online store?

Thanks,
Ryan

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Post by AndyJ » Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:25 pm

LegalSounds basic business model is dubious, in that they claim that by paying a licence fee to a Russian Collecting society, this allows them to sell the music downloads worldwide - something that the majority of Collecting Societies in other countries dispute.
However in answer to your specific question, I can do no better than quote LegalSounds own site:
"All the materials in the LegalSounds.com music service are available for distribution via Internet according to license ЛС-3М-05-09 of the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society. Under the license agreement, Legalsounds.com pays license fees for all the materials subject to the Law of the Russian Federation "On Copyright and Related Rights". All the materials are available solely for personal use. Further distribution, resale or broadcasting is prohibited."

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regarding this issue

Post by lucianmarza » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:32 pm

Let's say I have my own created music, and I sell it using my own web site.(For an amount of 100 $/ track, for instance..).Is it legal?Do I have to offer some license if there's all about my music? what do I have to do to be 100% legally? thanks& wait your answer. Very Happy

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Post by AndyJ » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:16 pm

If you own the copyright to your music and have not either assigned it or exclusively licensed it to someone else, then you are free to do whatever you want to exploit your 'property'. You don't have to licence to anyone, although if you sell the tracks, there is an implicit licence that the buyer may use the track(s) they have bought for their own domestic and personal use. Alternatively you can join one of the collecting societies such as PRS for Music, and they will issue licences on your behalf and collect royalties. However if you choose this route, you should be aware that the collecting societies take quite a large share of the money they receive to cover their operating expenses.

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