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Apple Announces an Internet Radio Offering and Pandora Buys a “Real” Radio Station – What Does It Mean for Music Royalties?

Posted in Intellectual Property, Internet Radio, Music Rights, On Line Media
In one week this month, Apple announced that it will get into Internet Radio, and Pandora, the biggest player in that space, announced that it will be buying a traditional, over-the-air radio station. What do these two big announcements say about the state of music royalties for digital music services? Apple’s struggles to get its service … Continue Reading

Sirius XM Brings Law Suit Against SoundExchange Alleging Collusion to Stop Direct Licensing of Music – Impact on Royalties?

Posted in Internet Radio, Music Rights
SiriusXM announced that is has filed a legal action, including antitrust claims, against SoundExchange and A2IM (the American Association of Independent Music – the association of independent record labels), charging, according to a press release, these two organizations "with unlawfully interfering in SiriusXM’s efforts to secure, through a competitive market, copyrights critical to its business. The complaint … Continue Reading

Final Webcasting Royalty Rates Published – A Comparison of How Much Various Services Pay

Posted in Internet Radio, Music Rights
Last week, the Copyright Office published in the Federal Register the final decision of the Copyright Royalty Board on the statutory rates for Internet radio royalties - royalties paid by webcasters for the noninteractive streaming of sound recordings.  As we have made clear before, these are royalties that are paid in addition to the royalties paid to ASCAP, … Continue Reading

Copyright Office Extends the Comment Deadline in Its Inquiry Into Providing Federal Protection to Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Posted in Intellectual Property, Internet Radio, Music Rights
The Copyright Office today announced an extension of time for the fling of comments in its inquiry into the possibe extension of Federal Copyright protection to pre-1972 sound recordings.  We provided a details of that proceeding here.  Internet radio operators and other digital music services that play significant numbers of pre-1972 sound recordings (particularly recordings first … Continue Reading

The Basics of Music Licensing in Digital Media – Videos, Podcasts, Commercials, Downloads, Fair Use – What Questions Should You Be Asking?

Posted in Intellectual Property, Internet Video, Music Rights, On Line Media
Broadcasters need to be aware that ASCAP, BMI and SESAC (the "performing rights organizations" or PROs) don’t cover them for all uses of music – especially uses that may be made on station websites.  Offering downloads, podcasts, and streaming video featuring music all require specific permission from music rights holders.  And, as we wrote just last week, … Continue Reading

Broadcast Performance Royalty Battle Begins Anew – Bills Introduced in the House and Senate

Posted in Broadcast Performance Royalty
The battle over the broadcast performance royalty has begun anew, with the introduction of legislation to impose a performance royalty for the use of sound recordings on broadcast stations.  This royalty would be in addition to the royalties paid to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC (which go to compensate composers of music), as this royalty would … Continue Reading