Music Niche Website and Legal Issues? Please Help

by lirikh
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Hey,

I'm planning on setting up a blog in the music niche, and provide my users with the latest songs, videos and albums.

I'm going to provide links to download the songs, but not for albums as I know albums are not to be shared, that's what reputable music websites are doing at the moment.

However, I wanted to know the legal issues revolving the songs. I will not host them on my server. I see those kinds of website alot of times on the Web, and I see they have ads. Would I be able to put adsense onto it? Or preferably another ad network?

I need feedback from someone who had experience in this field.

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author lirikh
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  • Profile picture of the author kokopelli
    You'll run into legal issues, sooner that you can say "copyright infringement" ...

    as I know albums are not to be shared
    Why do you think you cannot share albums, but single tracks would be fine?

    Even linking to illegal content will get you into trouble - I seem to recall there were several similar sites taken down by the Feds recently.

    Finally, no, Adsense will not approve your site, or if you're already approved for another, it'll be against their TOS to run their ads on this type of site.
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  • Profile picture of the author lirikh
    Well I can make a disclaimer and announce all the links are from third party websites and that I have no association with them, and specify that the links are for promotional and critique purposes only.

    And if someone wants to remove a copyrighted material, they can contact me with proof and I'll take the link down.

    But usually artists are well aware of that, and since I'm also promoting their albums and don't actually give out illegal download links to them, they will be happy and there will be no problems since anyways all the money is made from albums and concerts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kauzmo
    So in essence what you are saying is - "I know its not legal but it is the artist responsibility to notify me to follow the law because I am a really nice guy and I am "promoting" for them."

    Good luck with that!

    I see you being a huge success, your long term business plan is rock solid.

    /sarcasm

    Well I can make a disclaimer and announce all the links are from third party websites and that I have no association with them, and specify that the links are for promotional and critique purposes only.
    You have already convinced yourself of this - why come here and ask for "help"?
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  • Profile picture of the author refinancepro
    I think with most content it is not an issue until you are sent a cease and desist but with music and the laws released specifically for it you can get in trouble... unless you are not making money in any way shape or form from what I have heard.
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  • Profile picture of the author discustipated
    You will definitely run into trouble unless your dealing will more indie type bands that give you written permission to post up there albums. It not, the label will contact you and ask you to take it down or they will take action in court.
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  • Profile picture of the author discustipated
    You could always offer album reviews and interviews and all that would appeal useful to a fan. Monetize will amazon digital album downloads or something of that sort. Just an idea..
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  • Profile picture of the author lirikh
    What about if I don't give out the download link for the single, but my audio player linked to it so people could play and listen the single. Then I would put a link to order and download the single from itunes or amazon, and a link to pre-order the album.
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  • Profile picture of the author linkbuildr
    Linking to music that's copyrighted is against the law in most civilized countries. Look into how long of a sample you can use and them pimp that affiliate program for the download!
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Originally Posted by lirikh View Post

    Hey,

    I'm planning on setting up a blog in the music niche, and provide my users with the latest songs, videos and albums.

    I'm going to provide links to download the songs, but not for albums as I know albums are not to be shared, that's what reputable music websites are doing at the moment.

    However, I wanted to know the legal issues revolving the songs. I will not host them on my server. I see those kinds of website alot of times on the Web, and I see they have ads. Would I be able to put adsense onto it? Or preferably another ad network?

    I need feedback from someone who had experience in this field.

    Thanks.
    The answer is No you can't have Adsense on a site that links to illegal content, doesn't matter If your hosting the content or not, illegal is illegal.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Be smart, use something like the Amazon music sample player on your site & get payed for it.

    You don't host anything (Amazon does) & it's all legal.
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  • Profile picture of the author lirikh
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    This is an example of a music niche website. I heard its legal. What are they doing that is right?

    I also decided not to include AdSense as there might be complications with Google. Instead, I will include banner ads from another PPC company.
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  • Profile picture of the author lirikh
    For New Hip Hop music, Hip Hop News & all things Rap & Hip Hop | HipHop DX also has a audio player that plays singles.

    How do they do that? Anyone have an idea?
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