Putting my mixes on the net

  Martinsonline 23:49 11 Oct 03

I have quite a large collection of legitimate club music CDs, and create mixes with them quite often. My mixes are beginning to get quite good, and I want to share them over the internet.

I then remembered that this would be kind of illegal, so I think I have found a way to distribute my mixes legally.

I am thinking of putting a disclaimer on my website, warning visitors that they must have legitimate copies of every tune in the mix, before they download it. This disclaimer would be displayed before the download starts.

Would the record companies and the law mind me distributing my mixes in this way, or is any distribution of this kind illegal?

  Forum Editor 00:27 12 Oct 03

because you would be distributing music that is protected by copyright.

Creating mixes is in itself harmless enough, provided they are for your own use. If you use them for public performances you should pay a performing rights fee, and if you want to sell them, or even give them away you must seek a copyright consent from the holders of the copyrights in every track you use - even if you only use a part of it.

That's the legal situation, and the fact that a person who downloads a mix may have 'legal' copies of each track in the mix has got nothing to do with it - they only have a copyright licence to play the music from their purchased copy.

Complicated isn't it?

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