With many artists currently putting on livestreamed performances, we suspect most are more concerned with the logistical issues of filming and streaming, rather than the legal issues around the music they’re playing.
Law firm Reed Smith, understandably, wants to help artists consider the latter topic. It has published a Guide to Live Streaming report to help them get up to speed.
Based on principles of English law (although much of it applies elsewhere in the world too) it isn’t just about music, but a big chunk of it does concern the potential rights issues.
Some are simple: like reminding people that musical compositions must be licensed – either by the streamer or the platform they’re using – so throwing in a cover of a song by their own favourite artist may have implications.
There’s also the reminder to venues and businesses that their licences for playing music on their premises do not cover use of music in livestreams; and information on how to protect a livestream (for example if it’s a pay-per-view event). You can read the full report here.