Re: Music Use on Website
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on February 20, 2001 at 04:36:24:
In Reply to: Music Use on Website posted by Jeff on February 19, 2001 at 18:33:29:
: I would like to use full length tracks from Various Artists, in a mix/compilation format. The site visitor being able to listen to songs pertainent to the theme of the site. What channels must be pursued to achieve this economically?
Start with ASCAP, BMI, and SECAC, and the Harry Fox agency. If they don't solve the problem, they ought to be able to lead you to the solution.
If not done right, it could be a painful problem.
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