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Recently, OFNR received an email from The American Society Of Composers Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) stating that they have terminated it’s license with STREAM LICENSING effective June 30, 2017, after several months trying to resolve the situation.
That left OFNR in a huge conundrum what to do next, and how to proceed. In the almost 11 years of broadcasting we have NEVER run afoul of our licensing/royalty commitments.
Of course after what happened with Stream Licensing and ASCAP, OFNR cannot, in good faith, continue to pay Stream Licensing for BMI and SESAC licensing, which they also covered, leaving OFNR to either pay each licensing body separately, or find a new service to handle the distribution of royalties.
Back in 2006 when OFNR started, we ran under a company called Live365. Sadly, in late December, 2015, Live365 laid off most of its employees and vacated its office, and the few remaining employees were working from home. On January 31, 2016 Live365 ceased webcasting and over 5,000 internet stations went dark, a truly heartbreaking moment even though OFNR was no longer part of the service.
Thankfully, Live365 has been rescued and is resurging to be better than ever. They have new owners, a renewed passion for small webcasters, and fierce dedication to come back stronger. The ‘new’ Live365 is more dedicated and passionate about giving small webcasters a voice and tools they need to succeed in Internet radio.
And that is why, we are proud to announce that OFNR has once again joined forces with Live365 to continue to be able to LEGALLY play music on our station. In a sense, we are home.
There is a great history of OFNR and Live365. In 2009, we won $1,000 from Live365 for our entry in their “Why I love Live365” video contest:
If not for Live365, OFNR would never have even started to begin with. Their forums gave us the tools we needed, and the company was always good to us and fought to keep rates reasonable and sane.
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