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    License for Music on VLE

    Anyone know what licence is needed to put copyright music up on a school VLE?

    Our music department would like to be able to put tracks up that they want students to listen to outside of class...

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    The Performing Rights Society might be a good place to start.

    PRS for Music

    I think most schools have a licence but it depends on what you are doing with the material.

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    Ask PRS (and pay them moneys).

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    When you say listen to outside of class do you mean streaming or actually being able to download the track for use away from the VLE?

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    The intention would be to 'stream the files - but only in the sense that they would appear in a flash based player - I wouldn't plan on doing anything particularly clever to prevent them from finding the URL of the actual MP3 file...

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    I'm not too sure but I think that streaming is "less" of an issue to being able to download the file. In effect you are turning your VLE into Pirate Bay :-)

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    I had a dig through the PRS website and it looks like this might be the best licence:
    Limited Online Exploitation Licence (LOEL)

    Anyone have any experience of this? What would I need to do to qualify for 'limited download/streaming' instead of 'permanent download'?

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    If you could find a way of providing your own DRM type protection to tracks then I think that would qualify you for the LOEL licence.

    DRM protection gives the ability to protect a track in such a way so that it can only be played until a certain date, or a certain number of times etc. Unsure of how you would go about applying your own DRM though. I'll have a look into it.

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    Not sure if this is of any interest to you:

    Licensing Windows Media DRM to Protect Content

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    PRS:

    Educational establishments
    Except for universities, which PRS for Music licenses direct, the licensing of most musical performances (outside the curriculum) in schools and colleges of further education is administered on behalf of PRS for Music by its authorised agent The Centre for Education and Finance Management Ltd (CEFM).

    For further information about the need for a Music Licence and details of Tariff EE (schools) and Tariff FE (colleges) please see the CEFM leaflet, or visit CEFM’s website: CEFM - Centre for Education & Finance Management

    For guidance concerning copyright licensing in schools please refer to:
    A Guide to Copyright Licensing in Schools
    Educational establishments

    CEFM: Licensing - PRS for Music: Schools

    Is it inside your school's curriculum?

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    This would be part of the school curriculum (part of the music technology A-level course), but none of the licences seem to mention online broadcast etc...

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