All musical works have two sets of rightsholders to consider: the Sound recording copyright owners (e.g., record labels) and the licensors of the underlying compositions, typically a Performing Rights Organization (PRO).
The PROs actively look for businesses that are infringing and Statutory damages can range anywhere from $750, up to $150,000, per copyrighted work.
Depending on whether you are live streaming classes online, playing background music in a lobby, or using specific songs in a class, you'll need different licenses from multiple organizations. You also need to consider whether your content is interactive or non interactive. Non interactive means the user is not able to select a specific track or artist. Interactive means the listener has the choice to choose what songs they want to listen to at any given time (including synchronization with video).
In all cases, it is better to ask for permission than forgiveness. Feed.fm specializes in helping fitness companies successfully address and navigate all of their music licensing needs. We offer our business customers the opportunity to stream popular music, engage users without exposure to advertising, and ensure that artists and copyright holders receive their royalties.
Feed.fm specializes in helping fitness companies successfully address and navigate all of their music licensing needs.