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  1. Is there any practical way to DJ using popular mainstream songs legally in SL anymore? By 'legally,' I mean paying the necessary royalties. By 'practically,' I mean affordably, which I admit is subjective, but let's say for a few hundred dollars per year. I realize that one can buy royalty-free music, and I have done so. I own a few-hundred-dollar collection of royalty-free music, and I carefully preserved the receipt and license that came with it. I have used that to create 24/7/365 background mood music at roleplay SIMs in the past. But people don’t DJ background music. They DJ popular songs for which one must pay royalties. Another particular case involves performers who compose, record and play their music or perform live. That’s not what I mean by DJ’ing either. I did much DJ’ing about ten years ago. I used Virtual DJ Pro, which I liked for many technical and artistic reasons (e.g., you could hand-scratch on a virtual turntable). Additionally, Virtual DJ Pro had an online song service that would let me pull up virtually any song to play if I happened to get a request outside of my extensive collection. The only exceptions were the Beatles, AC DC, and a few others with particular restrictions. I also used SAM because it was a lot more powerful if you wanted to go ‘hands-off’ and let the machine drive while making coffee. At about the same time, Virtual DJ Pro dropped their song service, and the SAM DJ’ing system began cross-marketing royalty engines to keep one legal, at least in part. I say ‘in part’ because the royalties were particularly tricky if one had listeners in smaller countries without the necessary trade treaties. The problem was the price of the licensing services. The licensing services had minimum fees that cost beyond what I considered hobby money, especially if one bought all the international options necessary for Second Life—and even so, one was still uncovered for some countries. Once I became aware of the evolving legal situation, I quit DJ’ing. Sure I got tips as a DJ, but they never covered my costs on streaming software and services, but hey, what’s a few hundred dollars a year for a hobby? Keeping up with the new legal regime would cost me several thousand dollars a year, which took it out of the hobby category. I have noticed that the rules and laws about online streaming kept tightening over the years. I think we are past the point where someone can claim ignorance of the royalty aspects of streaming without crossing over into willful blindness territory, which may be fun on forums but doesn’t absolve you in court. Maybe royalty services have gotten cheaper. If I could DJ legally for what I consider hobby money, I might start back. It was fun!
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