Universal Music Sued Podcaster for Using Music Without Permission

As streaming podcasts increases, podcast producers should be aware of the permissions needed in order to use music in their productions. Universal Music sued a podcaster in late November for alleged use of their music with a license although Universal Music attempted repeatedly to get the podcaster to negotiate a license. Unlike public performances, podcasters need permission from both the copyright holder of both the musical composition and the recorded performance. Licenses from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC cover performance of the work not rights to reproduction. Learn more about the specific licenses needed here.