VPL, which licenses the broadcast and performance of music videos in the U.K., has won its appeal against a Copyright Tribunal decision on royalty rates.

In September 2009, the Tribunal ruled in favor of music television company CSC Media Group Limited over its royalty rate dispute with Video Performance Ltd (VPL).

London-based CSC operates digital channels including the Chart Show, Vault, NME TV and Flava. It maintained that the historic licensing regime operated by VPL was "unfair and unreasonable." The Tribunal agreed with CSC "that promotion remains a significant part" of the function of music videos.

The Copyright Tribunal reduced the level of royalty for CSC from 20% to 12.5% of gross revenue.

VPL's appeal was heard in July 2010. Today (Aug. 10) the Hon. Mr Justice Floyd upheld the appeal and overturned the Tribunal's decision, citing errors in their analysis of the case. The case will have to be addressed again by a differently constituted Copyright Tribunal.

Fran Nevrkla, chairman and CEO, PPL and VPL, welcomed the verdict. "We are determined to stand up for the rights of our members and for the value of the repertoire we represent," he said in a statement. "Our successful High Court Appeal was an essential part of that process."