French authors and publishers collecting society Sacem has reached a rate agreement with national body France Webradios, which represents 35 Internet radio stations, operated by 20 non-profit associations.

Under the agreement, members of France Webradios who broadcast works of Sacem repertoire will pay 6% of all revenues generated by their stations.

A minimum fee has also been set, depending on the parent companies' budgets. Companies with an annual budget under 20,000 euros ($28,316) will pay a minimum of 720 euros ($1,019) per year for three broadcast channels and a further 120 euros ($169) for each additional channel.

Companies with an annual budget under 40,000 euros ($56,634) will pay a minimum of 1,440 euros ($2,038) per year for three broadcast channels and a further 240 euros ($339) for each additional channel.

In a statement, chairman of Sacem's management board Bernard Miyet emphasized "the importance of facilitating the broadcasting, for web radio stations respectful of creators and music lovers, of programmes on the Internet that contribute to the promotion of musical diversity and the emergence of new talent."

Sources at Sacem say the contract should also be shortly applicable for any web radio operated by a non-profit association.

Earlier this year, the two French label collecting societies, SCPP and SPPF, also agreed a contract model with France Webradios.