The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on Friday released the rates and terms for webcasting royalties for 2021-2025, and the rates are going up. While the full decision explaining the reasoning for the rate increases will not be released to the public until the parties to the case have the opportunity to seek redaction of private business information, the rates and terms themselves were released and can be found here. These new rules apply to all noninteractive webcasters including broadcasters who are simulcasting their over-the-air signals on the Internet. As detailed below, both the per-performance and annual minimum fees will be increasing for both commercial and nonprofit webcasters.
The per-performance royalty increases to $.0021 for non-subscription streams, up from the current $.0018. For subscription streams, the fee increases to $.0026 per performance from $.0023. A performance is one song played to one listener. So, if a streaming service plays one song that is heard by 100 listeners, that is 100 performances.
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