The Copyright Royalty Board, in preparing to set the new webcasting rates for 2016, recently asked the Copyright Office whether different rates can be used for different music suppliers. Billboard breaks this down to mean that “…the Board is looking into whether it can set a higher rate for music licensed from the major labels over music licensed from the independents.” Continue reading
2014 has arrived, and here in the Northeast, we just dug out from a nice 8-10 inches of fresh powder. With the new year comes the time for all of the music stations out there to renew their SoundExchange paperwork to stay compliant. Continue reading
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.
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.
When terrestrial radio stations stream their content on the Internet, there are additional licensing fees to be paid to the copyright holders. The RMLC (see last post) negotiated licensing agreements with both ASCAP and BMI on the behalf of their members in 2005 that bundled licensing fees for streaming in with the licensing fees paid for the terrestrial broadcast, as long as it is an exact simulcast of the terrestrial broadcast. This agreement expired in 2009, but stations were allowed to continue under the existing agreement while negotiations were ongoing.
For terrestrial radio there are three licensing entities that you currently pay for your broadcast. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. As a summary, here is who they are and what they do. Continue reading