Following the deal reached earlier today over crucial terms covering large webcasters' royalties they must pay to stream recordings over the next few years, the Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) revealed that its member services will begin providing SoundExchange with full census reporting, which identifies all music performed 24 x 7 on the stations rather than samples of recordings streamed.

This information is an important tool to enable SoundExchange to accurately
distribute royalties, especially to independent labels and artists whose music may not be included in sample reporting. The census reporting will begin in six months.

Also, SoundExchange and DiMA will form a committee to evaluate the issue of
streamripping and potential technological solutions.

"This agreement marks an important first step in the Internet radio royalty negotiation process," says Jonathan Potter, executive director of DiMA. "We're encouraged by this development and the knowledge that good-faith negotiations have begun. We look forward to the next step of negotiating the royalty rates that will allow for the growth of the Internet radio industry, a platform for music discovery for consumers."

"With the small webcaster agreement we sent out earlier this week, with progress on the non-commercial webcaster front, and with this agreement, SoundExchange has now addressed the key issues of concern with respect to the CRB rate-setting decision while still protecting the value of sound recordings," says John Simson, executive director of SoundExchange. "We now hope to move forward together with our partners, the webcasters, in providing an enhanced listening experience through Internet radio."