If your use of music is consistent with the Terms and Conditions of the Rockbot Subscriber Agreement, Rockbot covers all licensing fees. We will help you understand what's happening.
BMI, SESAC and ASCAP use commissioned enforcement representatives to help them enforce their legal rights to obtain income from the performance of music in commercial establishments. Unfortunately, some of these representatives occasionally make inaccurate legal statements regarding your need for an additional license. Here are some guidelines to help:
- Rest assured that if Rockbot is the sole source of music in your facility, and you’re adhering to the limitations in our Subscriber Terms, your Rockbot license fully covers all of your music usage during the term of your Rockbot service agreement. Simply identify yourself to the PRO rep as a Rockbot customer. If the representative asks for verification, contact Rockbot customer service here and we’ll send you a Statement of Coverage Certificate showing your dates of service to provide to ASCAP/BMI/SESAC.
- If Rockbot is not the sole source of music in your facility, you’ll need to work with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC to obtain a direct license. If your letter is in regards to uses outside of the scope of the Rockbot coverage please email us and we can provide some recommendations on what to do and legal resources.
What are the common scenarios that put a commercial establishment outside of the scope of the coverage available from Rockbot, requiring you to obtain a direct license from ASCAP, BMI or SESAC?
- One common scenario is that your facility is offering music via TV’s during general business hours. Rockbot can not provide a license to your facility for televisions.
- Personal training sessions or paid classes such as a spin class. Rockbot can not offer licenses for music for these activities.
- You have events - even if rarely - where a live band or DJ is performing music in your facility.
- Your trainer or customer performs music from another source like a CD, or a consumer music service like Spotify or Pandora. This is perhaps the most common licensing violation.