WHAT IS AVLA AND WHY DO I NEED IT?
This is a great question for anybody who plays recorded dance music at functions. Essentially, the Audio and Video Licensing Agency is a licensing body created to administer and regulate the duplication and public performance rights of the rights holders of copyrighted music and music videos.
Despite many rumors, DJs cannot use music copied to CD-R Disc or Computer Hard Drive (or LPs or cassettes) and then play those copies at events without an AVLA license. Even music downloaded from “legal” sites are not eligible for use by DJs. There is only ONE legal DJ music download provider in Canada. They have obtained the rights DIRECTLY from the Record Companies to bring this service to you. CAPE offers these licenses at WHOLESALE prices to it’s members.
There are only two circumstances you can play music at your events without an AVLA license: #1: You use strictly 100% original, store-bought music (original also means music subscriptions and libraries from Multi-Music, ERG and Promo Only- If we missed anyone please let us know so we can hit you up with a sponsorship request!) (surprisingly, there’s a bunch of you still out there!), and #2: You have obtained exclusive written permission to use those recordings directly from the rights/copyright holders (not likely possible- but you can try).
STANDARD CD-R LICENSE NO LONGER ISSUED
An AVLA “Standard CD-R” license allows you to duplicate sound recordings from an original source like a cassette, LP or CD onto a recordable CD-ROM. This license allows you to be in possession of up to 100 “burned” CDs for each license. As of right now each DJ can have as many as 3 standard licenses covering up to a maximum of 300 CD-Rs in your library.
The NEW AVLA “All-in-one” license allows you to copy original source material like a cassette, LP or CD onto whatever medium you choose to use- like CD-R’s or a Digital Storage devise like a Hard Drive used in your Computer playback system. The NEW license will allow you to make a compilation music system which you would use at shows AND keep a BACKUP for emergencies. You will need a Digital License for each SYSTEM storage devise used in the course of providing your service. Example: If you use a laptop with an internal hard drive with your copied music on it, and you are using an iPod for backup tracks, you will need one (1) Digital license as long as BOTH libraries are not being used in the course of the show. There is NO RESTRICTION on drive size (quite a bargain) at this time.
An AVLA “Digital” license allows you to copy original source material like a cassette, LP or CD onto a single Digital Storage devise like a Hard Drive used in your Computer playback system. You will need a Digital License for EACH Digital storage device used in the course of providing your service. Example: If you use a laptop with an internal hard drive with your copied music on it, and you are using an iPod for backup/additional tracks, you will need two (2) Digital licenses. There is NO RESTRICTION on drive size (quite a bargain) at this time. But each storage devise does need it’s own license (with no limit on number of devises or licenses).
At this time, you cannot copy AVLA licensed material like those from Multi-Music, ERG and Promo Only. PERIOD.