Right, so, apparently if you can’t make any copyrighted music available in any form from a blog or public outlet without paying the IMRO. Even for the purpose of review, it is illegal to do so without purchasing a €7,000 licence from the Irish Music Rights Organisation. This is regardless, of whether your blog etc. is a completely non-profit outlet.
The warnings issued by IMRO and deliberate targeting of such respected Irish music bloggers as Nialler9 and the Torture Garden have caused outrage. It seems, however, that the one way to get around this is to deep-link from other sites streaming the music themselves or embed youtube videos. (Not much of a work-around to be honest, due to the messy 3rd-party-ness of it all.)
IMRO claims to be acting on the behalf of the artists, yet many of them have knowingly given their full consent to allow their music to be used for promotional purposes / review. IMRO argue that these artists don’t have the authority to allow their own music to be used through said outlets “Silly Musicians you don’t understand how the music industry works, give us your music and we’ll decide what to do with it”… You see at the end of the day IMRO IS a business and needs to make money some how, so be under no illusion that the *acting on behalf of the artists* is the vale used to disguise the desire to undermine the artists authority on their own work, and make a fast buck.
With this in mind, I’ve decided to disable the streaming of my Phonocast podcasts from the blog. I’m not claiming a huge listenership the likes of Niall, but I am not putting myself into a position to have possible legal taken against me to the tune of 7-large. There will be a tenth episode how it will be distributed I’ve no idea. But I’ll get to it. Might put it on youtube, ha!
I do wonder though, if IMRO has acquired the adequate licensing to display all those album covers and artist photographs on their website? Copyright covers music and images, let’s not forget.