BBC ban staff from playing Neil Young, The Doors & More
A copyright dispute has lead to those guys at The Beebs putting a ban on their staff playing music from the likes of Neil Young & The Doors. This is due to a licensing issue in regards to MCPS. This includes cover versions and samples of the artists music.
According to reports the artists and their publishers are no longer in agreement with MCPS, therefore the BBC cannot use the artists catalogue as it could be in breach of copyright because no royalty will be generated for the piece of composition.
It’s said that the BBC are to launch a new service in which people can download a particular show and then listen to it offline any time they feel, well this requires MCPS to issue a blanket license but its reported that these artists have not been members for some time.
The music will still be covered under PRS for standard radio broadcast but failure to become a member of MCPS who are in association with PRS will mean the track cannot be licensed to use offline.