The digital world can seem confusing and intimidating to those who want to “broadcast” music over the Internet, but moving into cyberspace also presents exciting new opportunities. There are myriad ways that music is used on the Internet. There are companies that operate Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) licensed radio stations that “stream” their over-the-air programming simultaneously on the Internet. There are also companies that deliver their program material directly on the Internet. For purposes of this discussion, both types of Internet users are called “webcasters.”
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