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Can You Play My Song?

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The music played on RadioDAVE.US is restricted by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a U.S. law, passed in 1998, which regulates many aspects of Internet activity.

DMCA was established, presumably, to protect the copyrighted material of artists, scientists, writers, etc., in these times of growing technology. Part of this act establishes that the recording industry would have a right to collect royalties for their performers based on Internet "airplay."

DMCA was created, ostensibly, to reduce the likelihood that people would record music and never buy it.

How does this effect RadioDAVE.US? First, I pay monthly royalties as part of a co-op of streaming radio stations. My royalties are based upon a limited number of “listening minutes” per month.

In addition, there are other parts of the act that impact what music is played. In any 3-hour period, RadioDAVE.US can webcast:

  • No more than 3 songs from one album and no more than 2 songs from the same album played consecutively
  • No more than 4 songs from a set/compilation and no more than 3 of those can be played consecutively
  • No more than 4 recorded songs by the same artist

Another element of DMCA states that listeners should not be able to call up any particular song on demand. So, I can’t legally honor music requests.

I have the choice of following the DMCA guidelines or face potential fines.