The ProDub licence: not surprisingly, not a major hit among digital DJs.
Did you know that as a consumer in the United Kingdom, it is currently illegal to put copies of your own purchased vinyl or CDs onto your computer or iPod?
If you’re blinking in astonishment at this fact (there’s apparently only the UK, Ireland and Malta left in the world with a similar law), then you may also be equally astonished to learn that if a UK DJ wishes to do the same thing in order to play their purchased vinyl or CDs with digital DJ equipment, they need to purchase a special annual license in order to do so.
While it plays like a daytime kid’s cartoon, the video above lays out clearly YouTube’s policy when it comes to copyrighted material being used in content carried on the site, and mashups in particular.
If you’ve ever uploaded a mashup or re-edit of a track for promotion purposes to YouTube, and wondered if what you’re doing is legal or not, you’ll find out by watching this.