Questions & Answers
Music is protected under copyright law, therefore it is generally illegal to play music publicly without a license to do so. Even when you purchase a record or DVD, you are only granted the authorization for a non-public performance, such as in your home or car. No public performance right is attached to the sale of these products. Therefore, if you play this music in your establishment or at your event, you are required to obtain authorization from the copyright owner (or their representative, i.e. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC).The law as it concerns publically playing music is U.S. Code › Title 17 › Chapter 1 › § 101.
1. What does your NFA license cover?
2. What does your NFA license NOT cover?
3. Who is responsible for licensing?
4. How much does it cost to obtain a license?
1. Do NFA licenses cover livestreaming?
2. How do I go about licensing my live broadcast?
1. How much does membership cost?
2. How long does my membership last?
3. How do I know which membership type is best for my organization?
4. What if I just need to make a payment and don’t want to fill out the forms?
1. ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC
2. Are ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC agencies within the federal bureaucracy?
3. How do I know which songs are covered by the PRO’s?
NFA licenses do not cover videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube at this time.