I have an Internet Radio Station and have licensed music playing on it.

I've read on some websites that I can put only a part from a music which is not licensed for me on my radio station.

Does anyone know how much (percentage) music can I put on my radio?

If this question is not appropriate for asking here, please leave a comment, and I will delete it (please tell me where can I ask this question).

  • it also depends on where your Severs are Based
    – user14959
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 14:33

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The license given to a radio station (whether analogue, digital, or online) grants the station the right to play music to the public. The license is granted by the relevant collection society (eg, PRS in the UK) and the fee is proportional to the max amount of possible listeners at any given time (for big station this is often quoted as 'reach', for online stations this is determined by the connection limit of the broadcasting server).

The license granted to you should be available to you for survey, so your question will be ultimately answered by looking at the license. To the best of my knowledge, nowhere in the world such license spells any restrictions on the music being played - that is to say, there is no further need for the station owners to check whether or not they are allowed to play a specific track. Such a requirement would render the day-to-day running of any radio station impractical.

However, as a business, the radio station must own all the music it is playing. That is, it may be required to provide a proof of purchase for all the music being played (with the exception of free promotional copies or Creative Commons music with the appropriate license).

The majority of the license fee paid by radio stations is distributed to the copyright owners of the music being played in a pro-rata fashion. Thus, a radio station is required to submit cue-sheets to the relevant collection society. Local law may spell exceptions to whether this is actually required for small radio stations/businesses.

  • Thank you, so i can't play a part of this music on my radio without license.
    – ITChristian
    Commented Sep 22, 2013 at 13:25
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    No sure I understand your comment. Given you pay a license to the appropriate collection society (PRS in the UK, for example), you can play any music you want so long you have obtained it by legal means.
    – Izhaki
    Commented Sep 22, 2013 at 13:28

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