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    angopop
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    There have been a few threads here about creating your own website, which I’m in the middle of doing.

    How are people handling the ‘legal/royalty’ part of it?

    I am referring to such topics as:

    1. How to agree on what kind of license they are buying? Is it part of the site or a conversation?
    2. How do they receive your important information (contact info, BMI/ASCAP account number so you get royalties)? Do you send them a pdf? Include the metadata in your audio file?
    3. Did you consult a lawyer beforehand? Why?
    4. Anything else?

    Thanks,
    Angopop

    #39693 Reply
    Art Munson
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    1. How to agree on what kind of license they are buying? Is it part of the site or a conversation?

    I would make it part of the functionality of the store site (I don’t do that on ours).

    2. How do they receive your important information (contact info, BMI/ASCAP account number so you get royalties)? Do you send them a pdf? Include the metadata in your audio file?

    It’s included in the invoice they receive from us.

    3. Did you consult a lawyer beforehand? Why?

    No, poked around other sites to see what their terms of service were and created my own. They can’t check out until agreeing to them.

    #39694 Reply
    angopop
    Participant

    Thanks, Art!

    I’m still working on the site, but the intention is that it is more of an alternative to sending a hard drive full of my music to some industry contacts and less of a storefront … hopefully it’s a good idea!

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