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When sound recordings are played on certain digital services such as satellite, Internet, and cable TV radio, or streamed as background music in some restaurants and stores, the recording artist and rights owner – which may be a label or independent artist who owns his or her own masters – earns royalties. A statutory license makes it easy for webcasters and other digital music providers to pay for the sound recordings they use to operate their business, so they do not need to negotiate a deal with every individual rights owner. Instead, a noninteractive digital music service can elect to use the statutory licenses. Noninteractive services are generally defined as those in which the user experience mimics a radio broadcast.

A statutory license makes it easy for webcasters and other digital music providers to pay for the noninteractive sound recordings they use to operate their businesses that reach listeners in the United States.

Noninteractive Services are generally defined as those in which the user experience mimics a radio broadcast.

To learn more about how you qualify for a statutory license:

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