Do i Require a License to broadcast my internet radio or my web tv?

This is a common question are often asked by new clients to online broadcasting . The short answer is it depends on what you plan to broadcast. The point is you should know what you can do to protect yourself and the licenses available to you. Let us run through some things you should know when starting your online broadcast.

Disclaimer: We recommend always consulting with the relevant authorities for your country regarding copyright and licensing. The following is not to be taken as legal advice, but as a guideline.
You don't need to own a license in order to broadcast your stream online Unlike terrestrial radio. However, if your station is going to be playing commercial music, as opposed to a talk radio station, you may need to obtain a license in order to fully protect yourself and ensure you are not infringing on someone's copyright.
Alternatively, if you plan on broadcasting royalty free music or talk radio then you are free to stream it from your station. If you want to play the latest hits, like Top 40, then you will need to look into licensing options.
With, you can use geo protection to easily block or allow listeners from any country. It is a really handy tool if you need to restrict listeners from accessing your station based on your licensing requirements.

Licensing Bodies

There are bodies who look after music copyright and royalties depending on your country, for example here are the UK’s licensing bodies:
PRS: The “Performing Rights Society” collects royalties on behalf of artists, composers, and cover music that’s played on TV, radio, and online.
PPL: The PPL represents the interests of record labels and collects royalties from radio stations on their behalf.
Choosing licensing depends on where you intend to broadcast audio or video. For instance, if your audience is in the USA then you can use SoundExchange. Here's a list of internet radio licensing bodies by country. Kindly click on any of them to visit their website

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