Online Music Distribution Under French Law

The diffusion of musical works on the Internet is generally illegal unless expressly authorized by law or by the copyright holder. In France, the procedure for distributing music on the Internet is simplified by the intervention of the SESAM, which is the entity in charge of granting licenses on musical works.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the role of the SESAM concerning online music distribution?
What procedure applies in order to obtain a license from the SESAM?
Is a license also required when a musical work is modified before being put online?
Once a license is obtained from the SESAM, are there further formalities to comply with?


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