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  1. Rep. Mel Watt Introduces Performance Right Legislation

    September 30, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt has introduced legislation that would create a performance right for sound recordings at broadcast radio and create a new revenue stream for record labels and artists. The Free Market Royalty Act, introduced Monday morning, would ...

  2. Business Matters: The Webcasting Royalty Debate Rages On

    June 25, 2013 7:20 PM EDT Two legendary artists have sounded off against lower royalties for webcasters. On Sunday, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason penned an op-ed in USA Today (which Billboard.biz received permission to reprint here ) warning fe ...

  3. Supreme Court Won't Hear Challenge on Copyright Royalty Board

    May 29, 2013 4:27 AM EDT The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to the authority of the board that sets royalty rates for musical works. The high court refused Tuesday to hear an appeal challenging the Copyright Royalty Board, a panel of three copyright judges ap ...

  4. Pandora CFO Predicts Better Scaled Royalty Payments, Points to Increased Mobile Monetization

    March 20, 2013 12:52 PM EDT Internet radio giant Pandora believes it can lower its royalty costs as a share of revenue by roughly 20 percentage points over the next one to three years, the company's new chief financial officer said Tuesday.   Pandora believes its cont ...

  5. Apple Is Pitching Labels Half of Pandora's Royalty Rate for Upcoming Internet Radio Service

    March 07, 2013 3:41 PM EST Apple has pitched record labels a per-stream royalty of 0.06 cents per stream, or half of what pure-play webcasters like Pandora currently pay for performing sound recordings, for its upcoming Internet radio service, according to a record label ...

  6. The Satellite Question: Why SiriusXM Should Pay Higher Performance Royalties to Artists

    February 22, 2013 3:06 PM EST On Feb. 14, the Copyright Royalty Board issued a “final determination” setting SiriusXM’s statutory sound recording performance royalty rate for 2013 at 9% of “gross revenue.” This rate is too low by several percentage points, depriving artists an ...

  7. Sirius XM Will Pay More for Music Through 2017 (Updated)

    December 14, 2012 6:08 PM EST Sirius XM will be paying a bit more to play music for the next five years. The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) announced Friday new statutory royalty rates for satellite radio that cover 2013 through 2017. The CRB set the statutory royalty rates for ...

  8. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  9. Internet Radio Fairness Act Would Spur Innovation: Guest Post by AccuRadio's Kurt Hanson

    November 27, 2012 4:43 PM EST As the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet prepares for tomorrow's hearing on music licensing, the debate within the music community has rapidly gained momentum. Following a related post by Down ...

  10. Music Publishers, Congressmen Send Letter Protesting Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 16, 2012 4:48 PM EST While Congress gets ready to consider the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012 later this month, which some say is designed to lower pureplay webcasters royalty rates to record labels, the National Music Publishers' Assn. and other songwriter ...

  11. Business Matters: Internet Radio Bill is About Fairness -- and Money

    November 02, 2012 8:56 PM EDT The language in the debate about the Internet Radio Fairness Act might not be about money, but you can be certain the issue is ultimately about money. The bill would change how the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) determines webcasters' statutor ...

  12. House Subcommittee To Hear Testimony on Internet Radio Fairness Act In Late November: Sources

    November 02, 2012 2:33 PM EDT The House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is likely to hold a hearing on the issue of music and copyright on or around November 27, 28 or 29, sources tell Billboard.biz. A representative for the House Judiciary ...

  13. Major Labels, Artist Managers to Meet in New York, Nashville To Discuss Webcasting Rates

    October 26, 2012 6:12 PM EDT Labels and managers will meet in New York and Nashville next week to discuss their plans for addressing the Internet Radio Fairness Act and the coalition of webcasters and trade groups that support both versions of the bill, according to sources. ...

  14. Pandora, Clear Channel, Others Form Advocacy Group for Lower Web Radio Payments; MusicFirst Pushes Back

    October 25, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Pandora and Clear Channel are among the founding members of the Internet Radio Fairness Coalition, a collection of companies, trade associations and advocacy groups announced today that are throwing their weight behind bills that aim to lower the ...

  15. New Bills Seek Internet Radio Royalty Parity

    September 21, 2012 8:50 PM EDT U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced versions of Internet Radio Fairness Act on Friday to address the high royalties paid by some digital radio platforms. Billboard's FutureSou ...

  16. Business Matters: Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington

    July 19, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington -- Legislation drafted by a U.S. Representative suggests that fights over Internet royalties, and the lobbying and publicity efforts by Internet radio giant Pandora, are starting to heat up. According to ...

  17. U.S. Appeals Court Rules Copyright Royalty Board Was Unconstitutional

    July 06, 2012 7:42 PM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled on Friday that the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) was unconstitutional when it passed rates for non-commercial web broadcasts, like college and high school radio stations, leaving in quest ...

  18. Business Matters: Why Sirius XM and Pandora Don't Account For 90% of Soundexchange's Collections

    April 17, 2012 9:18 PM EDT Soundexchange Refutes Earlier Suggestions of Pandora and Sirius' Collections Percentages Pandora and Sirius XM accounted for a large share of SoundExchange's 2011 collections of digital broadcast royalties. Some people say 90%. SoundExch ...

  19. Copyright Royalty Board Appoints Suzanne M. Barnett to Chief Copyright Judge

    April 13, 2012 4:06 PM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board will be led by a new chief copyright judge with the appointment of Suzanne M. Barnett to that position. She was picked by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington to replace outgoing Chief Copyright Royalty James S ...

  20. SoundExchange Responds To SiriusXM Lawsuit, Calling Allegations 'Entirely False'

    March 29, 2012 8:27 AM EDT In response to a SiriusXM lawsuit that alleges antitrust behavior by SoundExchange and A2IM, SoundExchange has issued a statement after reviewing the complaint. The lawsuit was filed March 27 in U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of New Y ...

  21. SiriusXM Attempting to License Directly From Labels

    August 11, 2011 8:00 AM EDT SiriusXM Radio, via Music Reports Inc., is attempting to directly license music from record labels, bypassing SoundExchange, Billboard.biz has learned. Currently, SiriusXM operates under a statutory license and pays royalties to SoundExchange. In ...

  22. Rhapsody Asking Labels for New Internet Radio Rules -- A2IM Disagrees

    March 29, 2011 5:52 PM EDT Streaming music service Rhapsody , which on Friday will be celebrating a full year of independence from former parent company Real Networks, is taking steps to augment its Internet radio features -- to the chagrin of some in the music industry. Th ...

  23. Business Matters: Live365 Will Survive Webcasting Royalty Rates But May Appeal Ruling

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live365 Internet Radio Network Says It Will Survive New Webcasting Royalty Rates -- Internet radio network Live365 will survive with the new webcasting royalty rates, general counsel David Rosenberg tells Billboard. The company, which opted out of ...

  24. Copyright Royalty Board Releases Non-Settlement Webcasting Rates

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board has released the rates for 2011 through 2015 for those webcasters not covered by last year's Webcaster Settlement Act agreements. The rates are currently set at $0.0019 per performance per performance in 2010 and w ...

  25. Analysis: The Cost of Streaming Billions of Songs

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How much does it cost to run a streaming music service? If you’re Spotify and you’re streaming billions of songs every month, as the company disclosed in a blog post on Wednesday , you’re spending millions in royalties while seeking to find the ri ...

  26. Publishing Briefs: Marilyn Manson, Music Reports, HFA

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In three separate administration agreements, the Bicycle Music Company has landed exclusive rights to 100% of the songs included on the Marilyn Manson album 'The High End of Low', released May 26 on Interscope Records. The administrat ...

  27. Digital Briefs: Live365, CRB, Napster, Live Nation

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Internet radio provider Live365 , one of the few webcasters to turn down the recent SoundExchange compromise agreement for streaming royalty rates, is taking a decidedly different approach to the ongoing dispute - by challenging the constitutio ...

  28. SoundExchange, Webcasters Reach New Agreements

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has completed agreements with various types of webcasters -including Sirius-XM; College Broadcasters, Inc; and the National Religious Broadcasters Music License Committee - governing the royalty rates of sound recordings through 2015 ...

  29. Court Declines To Rule On CRB

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. declined to rule on a motion that questioned the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board. The motion was filed late by Royalty Logic during an appeal hearing on CRB's royalty rate determin ...

  30. SoundExchange, Web Radio Services Reach Agreement

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has reached an agreement on the long-simmering Webcaster royalty dispute with several Internet radio services that dramatically reduces the per-stream payments from those set by the Copyright Royalty Board in March of 2007. The new a ...

  31. RIAA Appeals Royalty Rate Determination

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today filed an appeal to the Copyright Royalty Board’s Final Determination on Royalty Rates in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In the appeal, which lists the Librarian of Congress as the appellee, the RIAA ...

  32. Federal Appeals Court Considers Motion Against CRB Judges

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Royalty Logic motion filed almost a year ago questioning whether the Copyright Royalty Board Judges are constitutionally appointed had its day in court yesterday, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit considered the issue as part o ...

  33. Harry Fox To Deliver Payments May 15

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the new statutory rates now in effect, the Harry Fox is gearing up to collect digital mechanical royalties from digital service providers and then send payment to members on May 15. That date represents 45 days after the end of the quarter, w ...

  34. RIAA Ready To Appeal Copyright Royalty Board Decisions

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Assn. of America is getting set to appeal two aspects of the Copyright Royalty Judges final determinations for mechanical and digital phonorecord delivery rates and terms, sources say. According to sources, the RIAA will fil ...

  35. No Deal Reached For DIMA, SoundExchange

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Digital Media Association and SoundExchange have failed to come to a compromise agreement on Internet radio royalty rates, setting the stage for a potentially massive realignment of the Internet radio industry. DiMA represents such companies a ...

  36. SoundExchange Makes New Settlement Offer To Webcasters

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the Feb. 15 deadline to reach a compromise on webcasting royalty rates approaching, SoundExchange has made a new settlement offer to small webcasters, Billboard.biz has learned. Under the terms of the deal, different rates are being offered t ...

  37. SoundExchange, CPB Agree On New Royalty Rates

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have come to terms on new Internet royalty rates after almost a year of negotiation. According to the deal, SoundExchange will collect a one-time payment of $1.85 million to cover all royal ...

  38. CRB Day 2: Blog Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited decision from the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) concerning mechanical royalty rates came down yesterday and not much changed. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time ...

  39. CRB Day 2: Industry Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry reacted favorably to the Copyright Royalty Board's release Thursday of new mechanical royalty rates. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time a statutory rate for pe ...

  40. Copyright Royalty Board Issues Decision

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is standing pat with the 9.1 cents mechanical royalty song rate for both physical and digital albums, sources say. Meanwhile, it is setting the mastertone rate at 24 cents, according to sources. The Board also adopted t ...

  41. Online Retailers Await Royalty Decision

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is scheduled to vote whether to increase royalty rates on digital downloads this Thursday. The outcome of the vote is likely to have a major impact on such digital retailers as Apple iTunes and Amazon.com as its hike on ...

  42. Senate Passes Webcaster Settlement Act

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, sending it to President Bush's desk for signature two days after the U.S. House of Representatives okayed the bill. The bill allows for SoundExchange, on behalf of copyright owners ...

  43. Webcasters Welcome House Vote On Royalties Negotiation

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio stations can extend their negotiations with labels and artists over performance royalties following a key vote in the House Of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 7084, was passed on Saturday night (Sept. 27) and now moves to the ...

  44. Q&A: NMPA's David Israelite

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just back from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite sounds refreshed and ready for what could turn out to be a busy autumn. Front and center on his agenda: an October Copyright R ...

  45. House Committee Approves Performance Rights Act

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property today approved the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 4789), which will establish that terrestrial radio should compensate recording artist with a perfo ...

  46. Israelite Confirms Royalty Rates Breakthroughs

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The publishers, record labels and digital music providers have hammered out a settlement on two of the five royalty rates currently scheduled to be set this October by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), according to National Music Publishers& ...

  47. Royalty Logic Files CRB Challenge

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., just granted the motion of Royalty Logic to file its supplemental brief in the appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board's webcaster rate decision last year, Billboard.biz has learned. The brief a ...

  48. Six Questions With Pandora Founder Tim Westergren

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) issued its new statutory rate structure for Internet radio broadcasters last year, one of the leading voices opposing the new system was Pandora founder Tim Westergren. The issue has faded from the forefront ...

  49. Company Hopes To Challenge CRB's Existence

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Royalty Logic hopes to challenge the very existence of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which sets rates for compulsory licenses under federal copyright law. The company filed a motion on Tuesday with the federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ...

  50. CRB Denies DiMA Legal Question Request

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board today rejected a request by the Digital Media Assn. to have the Register of Copyrights decide whether interactive streams should fall under a compulsory license, Billboard.biz has learned. The order came during the init ...

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