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Digital Licensing Overview

General Website Performance Agreement

The General Website Music Performance Agreement typically applies to a commercial entity that has the potential to generate revenues from operating a website or mobile application but is not considered a Music Service, as defined under the Music Service tab. Some possible sources of revenue may be non-music related subscription fees, E-commerce, advertising, or sponsorships.

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Corporate Image

The Corporate Image Performance Agreement applies if the primary function of your website and/or mobile application is to promote your business or corporate brand, or generate little or no direct revenue. The Corporate Image License has a rate based on traffic to pages on your website.

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Promotional Clips

The Promotional Music Clips agreement applies to services that play only a portion, or samples, of songs (not full song performances) in order to promote the sale of recordings, and/or the related artists, or as used in movie trailers.

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Non-Commercial

The Non-Commercial Performance Agreement is offered to any bona fide 501(C)(3) Not-For-Profit Organizations, churches, schools, or other related charitable organizations, but are not considered a Music Service as defined under the Music Service tab. The Non-Commercial License has a rate based on traffic to pages on your website to cover the performance of BMI music on the service.

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Music Service

The Music Services License is offered to websites, mobile applications, or services (or subsections thereof), whose central focus is the transmission of audio and/or audio-visual material comprising predominantly feature uses of music (e.g., music-formatted radio, on-demand transmissions of music recordings or music videos, live concerts), as opposed to programming with background or incidental and/or occasional feature uses of music (e.g., news/talk radio, situational comedies, feature films).

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Audio Visual (AV)

The Audio Visual Services License applies to websites and applications that offer pure play audio-visual programming and generate (or have the potential to generate) revenues. There are many variations of audio-visual programming including, but not limited to; Television, Film, Documentaries, Fitness Services, Music Education/Instruction, Gaming, Sports/News/Talk, and Social-Based apps. BMI has licenses to cover performance licensing for all types of audio-visual services.

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Podcast & Misc.

If you have not found a license format that applies to your service or you are unsure what license may apply, please click on the “Get Started” button below and provide us with some information about your service. We will review and let you know what BMI music performance license is needed, if any.

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Do I need a license?

A "performing right" is granted by the U.S. Copyright Act to owners of musical works to license those works for public performance. Businesses which typically license music include websites, mobile applications, online radio, broadcast radio and TV stations, and brick-and-mortar establishments such as nightclubs, hotels and retail stores that use music in an effort to enhance their business.

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Types of Copyrights

The exclusive right of the copyright owner, granted by the U.S. Copyright Law, to authorize the performance or transmission of the work in public.

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Digital Licensing FAQ


Q: What type of music license do I need from BMI for my website and/or mobile application?

Q: How do I figure out my music license fee for my website and/or mobile application?

Q: How often do I pay the music license fee?

Q: What is the term of a digital music license?

Q: What is covered by my digital music license?

Q: How does BMI define Gross Revenues for the purpose of a digital music license?

Q: How does BMI define “Page Impression”, “Music Page” and “Music Page Impression”?

Q: What if my Company has more than one website and/or mobile application with music?

Q: What are my reporting requirements under my digital music license agreement?

Q: What is my responsibility for reporting music that is played on my service?

Q: What is public performance?

Q: What is a BMI music performance license?

Q: Why do I need a license for my website and/or mobile application?

Q: How can BMI-licensed music help my business on the web?

Q: What kinds of businesses does BMI license?

Q: Who does BMI represent?

Q: Where do my license fees go?

Q: Why are there different license types?

Q: Most of the artists on my service are unsigned, or on small independent labels. Why do I need a BMI license?

Q: The music on my website and/or mobile application is for the purpose of promoting record sales. Don’t songwriters receive compensation from album sales?

Q: Is a song clip that is 30 seconds or less exempt from public performance fees?

Q: What are all the other rights issues I need to take care of in order to play music on my website and/or mobile application?

Q: What if I have additional questions regarding BMI’s Digital License?