Licensing



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We are found a licensing partner who can clear our music for streaming instead of using the user-generated content model. We understood that our music was hosted on platforms that had licensing agreements in place; however, some of those agreements appear to no longer be in place for our specific tracks in some cases. Further, when they cease to be in place, there is and was no notice so we couldn’t comply and take our music down. We would notice over a short period of time that there were “policy changes” instead.

We’re not that bad at spotting patterns. When one emerges, such as, first there are many, and sudden, policy changes, then there are music takedowns, then there are shut downs and service up, downs, removals, and relocations, we conclude that something simply wasn’t what was represented. in such a case, we move on and find someone else who does what their publicly available information says they do. This is a common sense approach to business. We don’t work in the shadows or make back-room deals. That’s because none of that is what customers see and none of that tends to lead to outcomes they benefit from. Those are the things that outrage them when an expose reveals it customers don’t like it. Dave Chappell case in point. (With the opposite effect: Yay, Netflix! We love you!)

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To address this, we got strict about working with services that pre-clear our tracks for streaming and landed on a few and tried a few then narrowed the search and the ones you see are the ones that passed the test. As the music industry continues to change, we strive to change with it including making changes to our site to reflect the licensing changes happening to our hosts, technologically (to keep from getting hacked and music stolen), and legally, to raise or change Artist rates or streamline clearances so DJ Mixes added to DJ Catalogs can play sooner.

A good example of this is Live 365. We were with them years ago when they announced they would shut down. Then years later they emailed all of us who were with them and said they were back up. We searched for their location and they had moved from the West Coast (I know where because I’m from there), to the East Coast. I know where that is too because I went there for school. My old high school DJ partner grew up their and has family there.

Now that they’re back, why shouldn’t we post over there too? Why not? There is no, why not? There’s only a “when,” a “how much,” and an “are you sure you’re ready to host DJ Mixes or are you hosting original Artist tracks?” Because many services don’t always make up their mind. And that’s the main reason we only pick a few.

In closing: We do not sell music here. We simply make licensed music available for streaming. Music sales are not part of our business model. They were pre-Napster. But thanks to that, in the United States, with our extremely fast broadband connectivity, it’s simply too easy to wrap up an Mp3 and download it in seconds and email to whomever and there went an entire album. We don’t support that so there’s no music here to find or take. We could go on about technology and “what could have been only if” because we researched all of this from that standpoint and were surprised to find out how easy it would have been to block, and digitally undo that damage.

Today technology is used by law enforcement for other purposes but it could have been used for peer-to-peer network scrubbing but it would have to have been supported by a feature in the Mp3 specification and that small setting isn’t in there. It could be a “next version of it” but then everyone would simply not use it and what good would that do until Operating System stopped recognizing the old standard.

Which is what they do now with applications and why some of us use Virtualization to get around that because why should I throw away thousands of dollars of software because a corporation stops believing in backwards compatibility. I’m not calling Tech Support. Don’t take those expenses out on those of us who know what we’re doing because we paid for an worked in and dedicated our lives to understanding these things.


Mailing Address:
Phantom Records™, General Partnership
P.O. Box 12404
Silver Spring, MD 20908


DJ Mixes since '86