Blog: Licensing

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Music Licensing from a Lawyer’s Point of View

Posted by John on September 10th, 2018

Here’s a well researched article about the legal side of playing music in a restaurant, bar, or in any business. It comes from two lawyers who specialize in communications, technology, media, copyright law and intellectual property matters – experts in the area of music being compliant, legal and licensed when played in a business. Don’t

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Music Licensing: A Compliance Risk Often Overlooked By Business Owners

Posted by Dave on May 11th, 2018

As a small (or large!) business owner or manager you undoubtedly have myriad federal, state, and local regulations, taxes, fees, inspections, license, and compliance issues to deal with every day. Not the most fun part of running a business, is it? There’s one licensing and compliance area that many business people overlook, and it’s potentially

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Don’t Be a Music Amateur. Go Pro for Your Business.

Posted by John on July 25th, 2017

QUESTION: I play music in my business. Anything wrong with using an iPad playing the same music service I use personally at home and in the car? CUSTOM CHANNELS ANSWER: Consumer music services aren’t designed or programmed to be played in businesses or for the public – they’re for individual use. There are likely to

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Using Sonos in Your Business? Now Use Custom Channels on Sonos

Posted by John on June 14th, 2016

Our Custom Channels music service is now available on Sonos. For several years we’ve gotten requests from business owners who used a Sonos sound system and were interested in our fully licensed music service. Problem was that the Custom Channels system and the Sonos app didn’t work together. So our developers spent a year creating

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Here Comes Another Music Service Not Designed For Businesses

Posted by John on October 22nd, 2015

Every few weeks we read of another music service that’s offering “uninterrupted listening”, “ad-free music”, “offline listening”, “free, no subscription”, “curated radio”, “the latest albums and singles”, “35 million songs” and more, more, more!!! The latest offering is YouTube Red. Google is rolling its Play Music on-demand music into YouTube (owned by Google) for a

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Hello, it’s ASCAP. Is Your Music Licensed and Legal?

Posted by John on June 11th, 2015

Has your business received an email or letter similar to this one? I recently sent you a package of information explaining copyright licensing for the music in your establishment.  Included in that package was the ASCAP license agreement and invoice for fees. I hope you have had the time to review this information.   As

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We Support Music and the Music Makers. Do You?

Posted by John on March 6th, 2015

We think every business that uses Custom Channels music service should show their customers that they love music. That’s why we have red stickers and window decals proudly stating “We Support Music.” The stickers and decals, given free to every subscriber when they start service with Custom Channels, are designed to be displayed on windows

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Music royalties increase despite a complicated licensing system

Posted by John on August 22nd, 2014

Half way through this year, SoundExchange has sent $323.6 million to artists and labels. SoundExchange is a performance rights organization that collects royalties on the behalf of sound recording copyright owners (record labels, generally) and featured artists for non-interactive digital streaming including satellite and Internet radio. Custom Channels pays monthly royalties to SoundExchange in order

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Sued for a song: Restaurants and businesses need to pay music licensing fees

Posted by John on May 2nd, 2014

Two news stories highlight the need for business owners to use licensed music services, or try to license their music directly, and avoid costly fines from music copyright organizations. Sued $18,000 for a Song: Music licensing lawsuits hit CT restaurants Fined $21,000 for not having permission to play certain music in her establishment The steady

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