Online radio platform Live365 shut down at the start of 2016, blaming the changing royalty-rates for internet radio.
“There are always possibilities that we can come back in one form or another,” said the company at the time. A year on, that’s exactly what has happened. “We’re back,” announces a message on the relaunched Live365 website.
“Create your own online radio station with music licensing, 24/7 cloud automation, brandable players, station discovery, and the ability to earn revenue.”
What kind of music licensing? Well, the site is inviting people to “Get up and running with everything you need to create your own legal online radio station… Simply upload your tracks and start streaming.”
A button at the bottom of the website leads to a page noting that “The Company is transmitting Content as intellectual property under the DMCA”, with rightsholders prompted to contact it to take down infringing music. This, we suspect, may be causing controversy in the weeks ahead.