Under US Copyright Law, the creator (songwriter, author, composer, producer) of a song owns and controls the exclusive right of public performance to that song, and a public performance occurs when a party "transmits or otherwise communicates a performance" by means of "any device or process". Accordingly, a website, app or other digital property cannot legally stream or play music, regardless of whether it is in audio or audiovisual format, without having secured the right of public performance.
A license securing the right of public performance must be obtained in advance of music being streamed, used on a website or used within a digital application, regardless of whether the music was programmed intentionally or can be heard in the background. AllTrack eliminates the requirement to obtain permission for each individual song played by issuing a single convenient unlimited use annual blanket license.
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