That is a great source of information yet some of it is a bit misleading or incomplete. I understand you might not have wanted to go into all the details and intricacies of licensing but, for the benefit of the streamers here I think they should be given a bit more in depth explanation.
Until recently I've ran a legal internet radio station in Canada and the USA and paid my royalties to all of the royalty collectors.
Streaming music over the Internet requires the streamer to pay royalties for each track played for each stream they send it through.
That is partly true. Depending on the station's income and expenses and total listening hours and aggregated listening hours.
Under certain conditions you can only pay a flat fee and be covered to stream music in the USA and Canada.
Each radio station including Internet radio stations are required to submit a list of all these ISRC codes to their countries agency complete with payment of the royalties owing, they are then distributed to the relevant agencies around the world which then forward them to the track owners.
All done from information in the ISRC codes.
Same rule applies as what I said above.
The real problem in 3dx is to know who's listening and from where so that you can pay all the appropriate collection agencies.
I think you see where I'm going with this.. What if listeners on a given day are from the UK? And the next day from Spain? You going to pay all the agencies?
As far as I know there is no company that offer a world coverage.
Furthermore, people seem to think that by ripping a video from YouTube and then paying royalties that it makes it legal.
It is not, the track has been obtained illegally without any consent from the label representing the artists or the artists themselves.
If people want to play the real legal way.. Obtain the music legally and pay the royalties to the appropriate agencies then block the countries to which you don't pay royalties to.
I don't think any of the legal preachers in here or in the various rooms on 3dx do that.. yet, ask YOU to be legit in streaming music.
Furthermore, a blanket coverage covers all DJs under a certain banner. So one group could pay the royalties for their group and then split the costs between DJs. It's a logistical nightmare but alot easier than having 10 DJs paying full licensing everytime.