By now you’ll probably be aware that StreamLicensing.com have gone out of business they’re the people who licenced online radio stations in the USA.
“StreamLicensing.com is closed for business. Effective June 14, 2019, StreamLicensing.com has officially closed its doors and is no longer in business. This includes licensing, players, and all other services”
So where does this leave 1000s of radio stations in the USA?
They could do as Stream Licensing are suggesting and go with Live365 BUT that could end up costing some stations the best part of $199/$274 a MONTH if they want to broadcast legally (Although Live365 isn’t covered by ASCAP)
It’s almost as if hobby broadcasters are being priced out of the market.
Otherwise stations would have to negotiate terms with all the individual the licensing authorities in the USA but even then its going to cost them lots of $$$.
“I was shocked to wake up on Saturday to find out that they had closed down and when you clicked on my player link my listeners got the message that stream licensing was shut down. This could be a death knell to my radio station if I cannot get this straightened out”
We guess some station owners will have decided enough is enough and will have pulled their stations off air altogether. Although I wonder if any of them have decided to try and run the gauntlet as a pirate station?
The closure of Stream Licensing is also going to have a knock on effect for Shoutcast Hosting companies and Radio software manufacturers.
It seems yet again Internetradio is in limbo while lots of station owners decide what they’re going to do with their stations.
Update: I’ve found a blog post from a user who has had issues with Stream licensing & it makes for Interesting Reading
Another user posted on a forum that stream licencing were still taking money from his credit card after they’d gone out of business.
“Streamlicensing sent me the email they were out of business, so I immediately emailed back saying to stop charging my credit card. They kept stealing money from me. I reported their crime to the credit card fraud department (said dj001)”
Always knew there was something not quite right with them… I hope he gets his cash back.
Another user who has ran a Jazz station for a long time had this to say on a forum:
“You won’t hear a thing from them, I requested a REFUND for the unused portion of the month for my licensing 3 times and crickets. They even had a statement on their website to request a refund and gave an email address. They are crooks no doubt about it” (said DJ Cassio)
Stream Licencing it appears was crooked for a long time & they hadn’t been paying the correct amount of royalties for some time.
Last updated on: 12th July 2019
at 14:54 PM Europe/London