This tab includes a short history (“History” dropdown) of music performance rights and the principle participants in negotiating licenses on behalf of radio and television stations.¬† These participants include ASCAP, BMI and SESAC on behalf of the composers and the Television Music License Committee on behalf of local television stations.

The Copyright Basics section is a brief summary of the copyrights that are required to actually use the music.

Direct/Source Licensing provides a basic outline of contract language necessary to establish the right to broadcast or transmit music as part of the programming broadcast or transmitted by a local television station.

The FAQ section provides answers to questions compiled by the TMLC staff of stations’ most frequently asked questions.

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