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Tag: COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD

Music to our ears: SoundExchange and webcasters reach compromise

Net radio isn't dead yet. SoundExchange, the organization responsible for collecting royalties from online broadcasters has reached an agreement with the Digital Media Association that will allow the music to keep playing, we think. A quick history less: Earlier this year, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board voted to raise rates for internet broadcasters. In some cases, the new rates could have cost...

Court rejects webcasters request for rate hike delay

Lawmakers have gotten involved, webcasters held a day of silence protest, and SoundExchange has agreed to reduce its fees (although that offer was rejected). But the big day is still just around the corner. On Sunday, the U.S. will levy new royalty rates on internet broadcasters. In some cases, those rates could be high enough to seriously threaten the existence of smaller stations and web sites....

Bill introduced to save internet radio

Congressman Jay Inslee and eight cosponsors have introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act, designed to combat the recent rate hike implemented by the Copyright Royalty Board. If no action is taken, royalty rates on internet music broadcasts will jump significantly on May 15th, potentially putting many small netcasters out of business. Among other things, the new bill would: Nullify the...

Judges to webcasters: pay up

Despite a huge outcry from the internet radio community over new royalty rates set to take effect on May 15th, a panel of judges has rejected a request to reconsider those rates. The Copyright Royalty Board decided not to postpone the May 15th implementation date, or to hear an appeal. The judges did agree to let webcasters temporarily calculate fees by average listening hours, rather than by each...