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Upon further review on some overlooked wording.
Tim makes very good points regarding legalities.
It is true that public performances are subject to royalty payments, and a part 15 station would technically fall under public performance.
The question arises however, when does part 15 stop being personal and become public.
It could be argued that all part 15 stations are for our personal use. (That is unless you are actively seeking out advertising revenue)
You guys say there is a big difference between the part 15 fm transmitters for ipods, and what we do. I say there isn’t, and I’d venture to guess ASCAP, BMI, ect feels the same. BMI has a part 15 form because they CAN. As far as the LPFM form for ASCAP, of course LPFM has one. They are actual LICENSED BROADCASTERS. Part 15 isn’t considered a broadcaster by anybody, LPFM has mileage, Part 15 has footage, yardage if you are lucky.
That being said, my argument goes straight out the window if you are making money with your part 15 setup. If you get paid, they need to get paid. That I can fully agree with.