Old 4th September 2010, 11:18   #1
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Commercial Use?

Hey there. I own a pub and I'd like to use winamp for playing musik.
Do I have to buy a special licence?
Or is using the normal free installer just alright with the winamp license?

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Old 4th September 2010, 14:23   #2
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I don't believe there is such a license, just use the free Winamp and make sure you pay PRS (or whoever is responsible for bleeding businesses dry for playing music).

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Old 4th September 2010, 14:56   #3
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Well, sure I gotta pay for the music I play.

I just dont know if winamp is free for use in business....
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Old 6th September 2010, 00:12   #4
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This has been asked before and the answer is, you don't need a special/commercial licence. As martin.d mentions in this thread, Winamp is free and can be used in corporate environments.

7 Bamboo uses Winamp as part of their karaoke system and the system engineer is a well respected forum member (toqer).

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Old 6th September 2010, 15:53   #5
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Hey there. I own a pub and I'd like to use winamp for playing musik.
Do I have to buy a special licence?
Or is using the normal free installer just alright with the winamp license?

regards
You can play a radio in your pub w/o buying music licenses. Any other use of music and you likely eventually find a lawyer letter in your mailbox demanding some pretty steep fees. Winamp is free. Music licensing will be several hundreds to around 4 grand a year depending on your place and use. It's why pay jukeboxes are popular because the public performance license is often already paid by your jukebox company.

If you have a DJ, karaoke, have bands, play your CD collection, you will almost invariably find a lawyer with his hand out. The "powers that be" aren't above sending spies to see what your musical activity is. At least so far, you do not need to pay to play a radio, but that's about it. Some bars have tried to use musicians that only play original music, but usually end up paying their license fees anyway. If you are doing anything more than playing the radio, you should figure on paying these licenses.

The players here are ASCAP, BMI and SESAC and you'll find all sorts of nifty forms on their web sites to calculate your fees and pay them. Something like.... death, taxes and music licenses.....

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Old 6th September 2010, 19:00   #6
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i think it has to do with size of business
if you serve under 100,00 people in a year (best geuss) and only run one business i believe you can use any way of playing music since you are already paying the music companies for their music
most companies that have a specific amount of customers and more than one location normally will use the company muzac (basic satellite radio) since they will pay for the licensing fees
the only thing i can recommend looking at other than the sites mentioned would be the fcc website and see what they have to say

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Old 6th September 2010, 19:21   #7
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What happened to the rep from the record company going by the radio stations, begging them to play their music anyway?

They even handed out free singles (those little black discs that spun at 45 RPMs).

Ah, the good old days, where have they gone.....
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Old 6th September 2010, 22:07   #8
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same place the dodos went

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Old 6th September 2010, 23:05   #9
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Well, its quite pointless to discuss this issue, because it depends on the country your living in... and afaik this is a international forum
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