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DISCLAIMER: IANAL, so please, consult one if you are really interested in finding the truth behind it. In fact, before doing anything like this, I would contact a lawyer just to CYA. The EFF may also have something to say, which would be free.
Aparently, someone said that BMC want cash for songs broadcast from part15 stations. The reason is because these stations *can* charge for commercials and become profit-making.
The average yard-caster transmitter, bought for the purpose of listening to while doing yard work, around the house, etc. really only does reach the border of the average .25 acre yard. WHEN it is setup and used in the manner it was intended.
What I know for a fact:
I tried this with a belkin “mp3 caster”. It only goes as far as my border if I set it up as instructions say.
I also run a Part 15 AM station that hits the whole town.
I have not seen the forms on the BMC, ASCAP, or SESAC sites.. and when I called and asked for them, I was told they had no idea WHAT I was babbling about, and that it was ludicris to even suggest such a thing given all of the yard casters and, BMC even pointed out, his Mercedes has a CD Changer that he had added by a 3rd party that used a part15 transmitter instead of being wired to his stereo. That until the FCC seperated the p15 yard/car casters from the p15 am radio stations, there is no way to enforce this without costing a lot of companies a lot of money, which would make them widely unpopular and probably regarded by everyone as a very bad move.
I paraphrased since I didn’t tape the conversation (only paranoid weenies tape thier conversations, IMHO).
SO.. lets recap:
Type Accepted: Legal. (Although, I have noticed something very interesting regarding the current for sale type accepted tx’s.. wonder if anyone else has noticed…)
Pay for Play: Who the heck knows. If you feel like you are running a commercial station, and you are making money BECAUSE of the catalog you play, maybe you need to pony up a few coin to give the artists thier due.
Internet Broadcasting: Not P15 related, but comes up alot – you WILL have to pay for this one, but there are co-ops to make this easier and cheaper.
Amount Of Wood: My kid says 3.. (regarding the age old question of how much wood would a woodchuck blah blah blah)