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Rebecca WilsonASCP/BMI Regs
by on Jan 25, 2009 at 3:09:40 pm

A new local cable access group has taken over from Comcast in a community just next to Boston. It is running a music feed behind a Community Bulletin Board. Do not think they are paying rights to ASCAP/BMI. Are they in violation?

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Chris BlairRe: ASCP/BMI Regs
by on Jan 25, 2009 at 8:46:29 pm

All the TV stations, cable entities that I ever worked for or with always had yearly deals with ASCAP/BMI that allowed them to play a certain length of popular songs during news, public service and some other original programming.

As I recall, the one ABC affiliate I worked with paid something like $3000/year for those rights. If you multiply all the local affiliates, UPN, low-power, local cable outlests etc. by that number, it would add up to a pretty healthy sum of money.

So could be they're covered under a similar deal.

Chris Blair
Magnetic Image, Inc.
Evansville, IN

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Kerry BrownRe: ASCP/BMI Regs
by on Jan 26, 2009 at 12:07:28 am

Maybe they are playing royalty free music from a purchased music library.


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Timothy J. AllenRe: ASCP/BMI Regs
by on Jan 26, 2009 at 11:12:06 pm

They can start the blanket licensing process with ASCAP by calling 1(800)992-7227.

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