The RIAA has been in touch with us recently to let us know that they have found a number of stations that are not compliant on the service.
This is something we take very seriously, so we're going to ask for your help here.
But first, I want to give some back story for those of you who’ve not been involved in internet radio that long.
In 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This piece of legislation established parameters around which one could build a
business in instances where copyrighted digital material is concerned (e.g. music, software). It also built in some protections for the content
companies who produce said digital material, (e.g. the RIAA) as they wanted to ensure that internet distribution wouldn’t cannibalize sales.
>>>For the purposes of internet radio, the resulting restrictions included:
1) Broadcasters must display complete ID3 tag information.
2) Broadcasters must comply with “The Rules” http://www.live365.com/info
3) No unauthorized or “bootleg” recordings
4) For LIVE broadcasters, broadcasters must make sure the track metadata is streaming to the Player Window.
In their recent communication, the RIAA notified us that they have observed stations that are out of compliance with one or more of these rules.
>>>This is where we need your help:
Please take a moment to ensure your ID3 tag information is completed, and make sure your playlist is not in violation with the song complement rules
(outlined in The Rules, here http://www.live365.com/info
>>>To assist you, we have:
We have created a new field on the broadcast page to help you identify whether your station is compliant, and - if not - what the problem is. Within
the next week, we will be releasing an improvement to the Playlist Analyzer to help broadcasters identify compliance problems within each playlist.
We've also created a troubleshooting page at http://forums.live365.com
We will send out an additional reminder about this within the next couple of weeks. If stations continue to operate OUT of compliance, we will
reserve the right to shut them down or otherwise restrict access.
If you have any other questions about your station's compliance, please contact our legal department at legal AT live365 DOT com.
Thanks for your attention to this matter.
Live365 Senior Editor and
Director of Community
4th Floor - 950 Tower Lane
Foster City, CA 94404
You all have a great Thanksgiving Day wherever you are and thanks for all the emails, messages, kind words, and support. Peace.