The Magnatune web site now displays the location (in the world) of each musician, under the "details" link:
For the USA, the State and Country is displayed. Outside the USA, the City and Country is displayed. If you click on the location, you are taken to http://magnatune.com/artists/locations where the location of every artist is given:
and you are taken to the part of the page for the artist you just clicked on.
A big reason for doing this are the performing rights collection societies, who have exclusive, and often usurious contracts with their artists.
In the USA, ASCAP and BMI were sued by the government, and under a consent decree must let their musicians be non-exclusive. This means that ASCAP and BMI must recognize agreements directly between a licensor and the music rights holder (in our case, that's the musician, with Magnatune acting as their legally authorized representative and sub-licensor).
This means that organizations licensing music from us in the USA obtain a performing rights royalty waiver (no ASCAP/BMI fees) and it also means that organizations not in the USA can license our music and get a waiver, but only if they exclusively play USA (ASCAP/BMI) artists.
We've had to defend our license before lawyers from PRS/MCPS in London, England, and we won. The key point in that discussion was that non-USA jurisdictions need to keep to musicians from the USA (ASCAP/BMI musicians) and then PRS recognizes our waiver.
I've modified the "public space" license (ie, restaurants, cafes, art galleries) to explain this reality.
The new pages make it easy for people licensing music to stick to Magnatune's USA musicians.
This is what the public space licensing page now says (at the bottom):
|A Performing Rights Society (ie, ASCAP / BMI / PRS / GEMA / SESAC) fee waiver is granted with this license so that you do not have to pay any fees to them if you are playing exclusively our music in your public space. If you are in the USA, you may license any music you like. If you are outside of the USA, you should only license music by musicians inside the USA. You can be sure you are safe, as we have successfully defended our music license before lawyers from PRS/MCPS (the UK's performing music rights collections society) and won: the crucial point is that if you are playing our music outside of the USA, you must only use music from USA musicians. Please note that the collection societies will only recognize this waiver if you play our music exclusively, and never mix in unlicensed music from other sources.|