Playing out with tracks that have DRM.
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    Default Playing out with tracks that have DRM.

    Hey guys, i did a bit of a search but couldn't find anything really. (if there is a forum please link it!)

    Basically, I am wondering about the legality of DJing infront of a crowd (be it mobile DJing or in a club). I use typically use traktor which will spit out any music with DRM on it. However, I've noticed that Virtual DJ does not. So i know it is possible to DJ with DRM protected music, but only in certain programs.

    The reason why I have so many songs with DRM is because I subscriped to Microsoft's Zune pass. Basically for 15 dollars a month, i get unlimted access to a huge library of music. I can download the full, 320k versions of these songs for no charge other than the 15 dollars a month i have to access them. However, these songs are protected with DRM. They cannot be burned to a CD and they can only be played from 5 different devices (computers, zunes, or windows phones). If i stop my subscription, i will not be able to listen to any of the music i have downloaded via my zunepass. Every month, i am given 10 free DRM-Free downloads. I get to keep these songs forever and they have unlimited usage. I love the zunepass because it gives me instant access to a crap load of music and i only spend a few bucks more than i would on a single CD. (plus i get the free 10 downloads which alone are worth the 15 bucks (since places like beatport get off on selling 320kbs mp3s for like 2 bucks.)

    With that said, i would love to be able to use my zune pass to have access to a large amount of music and be able to use it when i mix live as well. It would be particularily useful for building an enormous library of music to be used for mobile DJing (and with a wireless broadband connection gives me the ability to download songs on the fly for requests).

    So really i am wondering, is it legal to do so? I haven't been able to find any sort of contract or terms of condition on the songs i download and was wondering if anyone had any insight. Don't want the government hauling me off!

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    I doubt there are going to be many government officials scoping out the clubs and asking to see DJs file info.

    Whether there is a way to actually play them is another matter. When I had a few DRM tunes bought from itunes I just burnt them to CD and loaded them back in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Wild View Post
    I doubt there are going to be many government officials scoping out the clubs and asking to see DJs file info.

    Whether there is a way to actually play them is another matter. When I had a few DRM tunes bought from itunes I just burnt them to CD and loaded them back in.
    Still, I would like to be taken seriously in the industry and therefore won't play music that i've acquired from anything but a legal source. Not be that guy who shows up with a harddrive full of torrents and limewire DLs.

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    As long as you own (temporarily or otherwise) the music you're playing and the venue are licensed for you to play it to other people then everyone's getting paid.
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    Was NOT condoning torrent rips or unpaid for music, to me DRM just seems like nonsense. If ive paid for it, im going to play it wherever i want and make copies for my own use if needed.
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