We at GYM Radio believe in the protection of copyright. Artists and songwriters deserve compensation for their songs that we enjoy during the workouts. Music is a specialized area of entertainment law, and we recommend that you direct any specific questions to a knowledgeable attorney or music rights consultant. In general, each song that is played through our system requires a statutory license from SoundExchange, as well as the right to publicly perform these compositions from the applicable Performing Rights Organization (PROs).

Public Performance and Royalty Payments

GYM Radio is responsible for licenses and permissions from the owners of the musical and/or lyrical compositions (i.e. publishing licenses) and the owners of the sound recordings (i.e. master sound recording use licenses) needed for streaming and reproduction/mechanisation of the Content through the Service.
Public performance fees (due to e.g. SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI etc) are included when you purchase a Product in the US and/or Canada. You are required to pay public performance fees and/or royalties to performance rights organizations (e.g. STIM, SACEM, SABAM, PPL, PRS, OSA, GEMA, etc.) (“PROs”) when streaming Content from our Service in markets other than the US and Canada.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold each of the GYM Radio Parties harmless from and against any Losses arising out of the public performance and any other use of Content, including your failure to secure and maintain any necessary public performance licenses or make payments to Local Rights Organizations.


SoundExchange is a non-profit organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), Internet radio (like Spotify, Pandora), cable TV music channels and similar services that stream sound recordings, like GYM Radio. The Copyright Royalty Board, which is appointed by The U.S. Library of Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties on behalf of featured and non-featured recording artists, master rights owners (usually record labels), and independent artists who record and own their masters. For more information see

Performing Rights: Public Performance Rights & Organizations

In the United States of America, nearly all public performances of music are licensed through ASCAP, BMI or SESAC, the three "PROs." The PROs are set up to act as agents for their publisher and songwriter members. Rockbot has agreements with all three of the US societies that generally authorize the performance of the organization's catalog consistent with the terms of each license agreement.

ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 400,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.)

Founded in 1939, BMI collects license fees on behalf of the more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers it represents and distributes those fees as royalties to members whose works have been publicly performed.


SESAC was founded in 1930. It is now a privately held company and the smallest of the three performing rights societies.

Other Music Uses

Our licenses alone do not give a local establishment the right to engage a DJ to play music, to hire a live band to perform, to use the GYM Radio service for active fitness classes or for any other use. Our licenses similarly do not cover an establishment that charges a cover or admission fee. Our licenses do not cover any other music sources such as Youtube, Spotify, radio, television, CD or MP3 players. Performing music at the location in this manner or charging admission is generally not authorized by the licenses GYM Radio has obtained from the PROs, and may subject the local establishment to liability for copyright infringement, unless additional direct licenses are obtained. For further information please feel free to contact our licensing department at We will likely direct you to a knowledgeable attorney or music rights consultant.

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