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Tag Archives: radio performance royalty

Hey, Alexa, How Much Did You Raise My SoundExchange Royalties?

Posted in Broadcast Performance Royalty, Intellectual Property, Internet Radio, Music Rights
In the last year, the popularity of Alexa, Google Home and similar “smart speaker” devices has led to discussions at almost every broadcast conference of how radio broadcasters should embrace the technology as the new way for listeners to access radio programming in their homes. Broadcasters are urged to adopt strategies to take advantage of the… Continue Reading

Broadcast Performance Royalty – What Would It Cost? The Congressional Budget Office Says A “Substantial” Amount

Posted in Broadcast Performance Royalty
One of the fundamental questions that surrounds the proposed broadcast performance royalty for the use of sound recordings by over-the-air (or the "performance tax" as it has been labeled by the NAB) is how much it could it cost a broadcaster?  Right now, that question is difficult to determine, as the pending bills do not themselves provide any details… Continue Reading

House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Broadcast Performance Right – No Breaks for the Broadcasters

Posted in Broadcast Performance Royalty, Intellectual Property, Internet Radio, On Line Media, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
If you are a broadcaster, you know that it’s not going to be a good day when you walk into a hearing on the possible extension of the performance royalty in sound recordings to over-the-air broadcasters and see buttons saying "I Support a Performance Right NOW" on the lapels of every other witness on the panel… Continue Reading