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    Oisin
    Participant

    Hi all, I’ve been DJing for over a year now and have 2 quick questions.

    Do I have to pay for songs in order to use them in a set, even if it’s a low key event and I’m not being payed?

    And If I’m not being payed, can I use songs from YouTube?

    It’s been playing on my mind for a while now, any help would be appreciated!

    #2363091
    Clifford Anderson
    Participant

    Yes, you have a legal obligation to pay for the tracks you play, unless they are given away by the artist, regardless of your own commercial intent (assuming you are living in a Berne convention country, which you most likely are).

    No, YouTube’s license specifically forbids public performance.

    #2363391
    Terry_42
    Keymaster

    Yes you have to pay for your music, no matter what. Be it not being payed or even charity events… the music has to be payed for.

    #2363691
    Clifford Anderson
    Participant

    There is one exception, as I stated, to “no matter what” – a LOT of artists give away a LOT of their tracks. Soundcloud is a font of free music. 95% or so of my setlist is free, but LEGALLY so.

    #2363811
    DJ Vintage
    Moderator

    Not to mention that Youtube quality sound is not something you want to trouble your audience with …

    #2363861
    Clifford Anderson
    Participant

    Truth.

    #2363951
    Allan Murray
    Participant

    Bar the legal issues, It’s always better to pay for music as the sound quality is always a lot better and you can save a lot of time and money if you buy cds off ebay etc: in bulk, make sure there originals not copies, thats where i get the majority of my music from…

    #2369911
    Axel Dark-Key
    Participant

    When you say pay for music, you mean buy the CD or track off ITunes right? Not paying royalties to the artists for using it.

    #2369991
    Terry_42
    Keymaster

    Yes we mean buy the track/CD.
    The purchase of the track/CD gives you the legal access to the track.
    Depending on your country, the royalties payed to the artist are then collected by a governing agency that will usually have the venue owner/club owner/event manager/… pay an additional fee for you to play those legally purchased tracks live. If you present that agency with a playlist, they will then distribute the royalties to the artists you played via a formula that will give you a headache. If you do not give them a playlist, it will be given in another formula and distributed by artists usually played at such events (so most money will go to the inhertance of the Beatles and Micheal Jackson)

    #2370261
    Axel Dark-Key
    Participant

    That’s what I thought. I wanted to be sure though.

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