many of you are asking why we are not including our own music to the RadioPro repertoire. From our discussions most of you know that all of us are creators of music and our team includes only musicians.
The issue is that in order to be an Independent Management Entity, we have to follow the definition given in the second paragraph of Article 3 of the “DIRECTIVE 2014/26/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 26 February 2014 on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market” (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32014L0026) :
“independent management entity’ means any organisation which is authorised by law or by way of assignment, licence or any other contractual arrangement to manage copyright or rights related to copyright on behalf of more than one rightholder, for the collective benefit of those rightholders, as its sole or main purpose, and which is:
(i) neither owned nor controlled, directly or indirectly, wholly or in part, by rightholders; and
(ii) organised on a for-profit basis;”
Unfortunately, since our company is an LTD (a for-profit basis), we can not be controlled directly or indirectly by rightholders, according to the previous paragraph of the Directive 2014/26/EU! It is not that we do not want to include our works in the IME repertoire, we simply can not. If we add our tracks, then we will violate the European Directive and that will stop us from serving you.
Our point of view is that this is a sacrifice we have to make for the greater good.
Your RadioPro Team