NEW Acoustic Fingerprinting Patent Portfolio

SurferNETWORK is pleased to announce that on May 5, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued to our company US Patent No.9,026,546, “DISCOVERY OF MUSIC ARTIST AND TITLE BY A RADIO STATION CONNECTION TO AN ACOUSTIC FINGERPRINTING SERVICE PROVIDER”.  This patent is the first to be issued of a total of seven patent applications.  The portfolio includes applications directed at improvements in the recognition process for music played by radio stations, radio broadcast monitoring, a smartphone companion to an in-car receiver, and the promotion of specialized advertising using acoustic fingerprinting. Continue reading

Halloween Photo Contest

Happy October!! We hope you have your costumes all picked out and ready to go for the big day. In honor of one of our favorite holidays, we’ve decided to run a contest for all of our customers, and find out who had the best Halloween Costumes this year! Just snap a picture of your costume (or your pet’s costume!) and email it to us for a chance to win a prize from SurferNETWORK, so make sure you have your cameras ready at the Halloween party this year! Continue reading

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is upon us yet again, a time to gather with family and friends and share a meal, maybe catch some football if you can make it to the couch after dinner.

In the spirit of the Holiday, we’d like to take a minute to show some gratitude to you.  It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and take for granted the fact that we couldn’t be here without a great bunch of radio stations and other broadcasters, but most importantly people, to do business with.

2013 has been a good year for SurferNETWORK.  Turning 15 was a great milestone in the history of our company, and we are proud to have been able to share that with you.  So once again, Thank You. Safe travels to everyone making a trek to Thanksgiving Dinner, and if you’re kicking off Hanukkah today, Shalom!

SoundExchange Royalties Explained

The US Copyright Office requires anyone that streams musical content on the Internet registers an Initial Notice of Use form and pay a $25 filing fee.  This notice serves as your intention to use the statutory license under sections 112(e) or 114(d)(2), or both, of title 17 of the United States Code, as amended by Public Law 104-39, 109 Stat. 336, and Public Law 105-304, 112 Stat.2860.

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SoundExchange and the DMCA

In 1998 the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) was signed, granting a performance right in the digital transmission of sound recordings.  Simply put, the copyright holders of the performance of the musical work were not entitled to a royalty for the digital transmission of this performance.  This meant more money to be paid by terrestrial radio if they streamed.

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