How can my friend get the rights to sell mp3s?
June 20, 2008 10:41 PM Subscribe
Who can license music for download/sale? A friend came up with a wicked cool idea for selling music using the internet, but it can't be done through some affiliate mp3 link (like Amazon). We're just a couple of college guys, and we don't know any rockstars or label executives.
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Are there smaller labels out there who can sell us the rights to offer downloads of their music? Is there typically some money we have to pay up front when signing up to sell a band's music? Will I need a lawyer?
We just want to sell music in this cool, immersive context on the internet, and would be willing to give the label/artist a bigger cut than other people do, because we think we can make money on other things, and even take a loss on song sales. (That's what Apple does with iTunes right? To sell iPods?)
Do we need to sign contracts with our school friends who are pretty good musicians? Or is it just enough to have them send us their mp3s and we give them money. (tax rules?) We can't afford lawyers, and we probably wouldn't want to talk to them.
It'd be good to have hip hop, or other music that specifically teenagers would like, but it'd be even better to have a broad collection.
Googling yields ASCAP, Walmart and other companies that might not talk to little old me.
My parents say that an idea isn't enough, that we have to build the application.
We're free this summer and could probably build something for musicians and record labels to see.
Whatever we do, we want to do it legal, we don't want to be oink or allofmp3 and get shut down.
I know people can't give me official legal advice, but anything at this point is helpful. We thought about just calling the record labels main numbers, but that sounds like a waste of time.