The latest country to see controversy around music blogs and licensing is Ireland, where the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is contacting blogs demanding they sign up to its Limited Online Exploitation Licence to pay royalties for the MP3s posted on their sites. The ensuing row relates to the fact that labels and artists have donated the tracks for free to be posted on the blogs – they’re promotional – but IMRO’s remit is to collect royalties for the songwriters and music publishers. Commercial blogs may be able to afford the licence, but those that are run not-for-profit may struggle. Source: Guardian

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