Webcasting rates may be set soon

Oct 10, 2015 7:27 pm
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Kevin Goldberg reports in the Communications Law Blog that webcasting rates for 2016-2020 may be set soon, and he writes webcasters have reasons for optimism. The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) is concluding its Webcasting IV proceeding, and has issued two orders so far, and the Register of Copyrights has issued a separate ruling. The CRB has adopted a settlement agreement between SoundExchange and College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) with approved terms applying to “Noncommercial Educational Webcasters." That agreement comes with one exception that works in webcasters favor. The CRB has also adopted a partial settlement, negotiated by both SoundExchange and National Public Radio, for public radio broadcasters. Commercial webcasters lack the lobby power of the other groups, and have not made and settlement with the CRB yet. But the Register of Copyrights recently issued a memorandum saying direct licensing agreements between webcasters and record labels can be entered into evidence and considered by the CRB to decide rates. "I’m guessing that CRB’s final decision won’t appear until mid-December," Goldberg writes, basing his prediction on when the CRB acted in 2010. Read complete details about the agreements so far at the Comm Law Blog.