Archive for March, 2007


RSS Media, a great potential for online music distribution

March 1, 2007

Really Simple Syndication or RSS is a XML file (eXtensible Markup Language) which usually contains information such as news update or links. RSS feeds are widely used to get information from your favorite sites, from only one place (a web browser with RSS enabled for example).
But RSS has much more potential than carrying text or links. RSS 2.0 is able to carry information about media file which allow the reader to play the file from their RSS reader. Information such as size, type but also copyright and rating (if explicit content for example) can be contain into the RRS feeds. RSS 2.0 is part of the new web standard 2.0 and still have to reach a lot of web users who doesn’t use this technology yet. In a near future, I can imagine that RSS feeds and so RSS media will be as common as peer-to-peer at open the door to a major online music distribution system.
In order to respect copyright and make it profitable, a fee could be applied to the obtention of the RSS feeds.


What is PPL?

March 1, 2007

Ever wonder how nightclubs, bars or restaurant can play music legally?
Well it’s simple, you just need to buy a Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) licence. The licence cover the copyright fee and allow to play mechanically recorded music.
Nightclubs owner who think that they get away with it are facing serious legal actions, such as a ban of playing music, quite logical after all. That’s what happens to Mr R Hussain (owner of Bracknell’s Shikara nightclub) who was told by the justice that he wasn’t using the proper license. He faces a heavy fine and even prison if he doesn’t come back on the legal side. Read about this story here.
If you are an artist and have your music played in the media (TV, radio, clubs…), you need to register to the PPL organisation in order to receive your royalties. Get more information at