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Stop The Impending Silence Of Net Radio!

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 25June07

This message is so important that I have decided to repost it with some extra information. SaveNetRadio.org has declared a Day of Silence for internet radio broadcast on Tuesday June 26th. The stations that participate will give listeners only a taste of what it will be like after July 15th if the increased royalty rate is upheld. Internet Radio Day Of Silence 2007 Stations that go silent will likely include Pandora, Live 365, Yahoo LAUNCHcast, and MTV Online, and NPR member stations. These stations, plus others like AccuRadio, Radioio, Digitally Imported, Rhapsody and many more would be seriously impacted by retroactive royalty increases equal to 50-300% of the station’s current revenue income. In Rhapsody, Pandora and Live365’s cases, the increase would also penalize their multiple channels platform, causing rate increases equal to more than 1000% of their current revenue. 1000%! According to the RAIN (Radio And Internet Newsletter):

Webcasters will be alerting their listeners that “silence” is what Internet radio may sound like on or shortly after July 15th, the day on which 17 months’ worth of retroactive royalty increase payments are due to the SoundExchange collection organization under the terms of a recent Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision.

Read more about the situation on the RAIN website and check out SaveNetRadio.org for more options of what you – the listener, the musician, the dj, the webcaster – can do to help.

Call Your Congress To Save Internet Radio

LINKS To Contact Your Congress

US Senators Home Page
Write Your Representatives Page

 

 

Save Net Radio - Internet Radio Day Of Silence

DO ANYTHING THAT IS WITHIN YOUR POWER TO SAVE NET RADIO!!

Please spread the word, copy and save this image and use it on your own blog. Tell all your friends. Write to the US Congress using the links above. If you can think of other ways to get involved, please share them in the comments here…

 

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Will Internet Radio Be Silenced For 1 Day Or Forever?

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 19June07

SaveNetRadio.org has declared a Day of Silence for internet radio broadcast on Tuesday June 26th. The stations that participate will give listeners only a taste of what it will be like after July 15th if the increased royalty rate is upheld. Internet Radio Day Of Silence 2007 Stations that go silent will likely include Pandora, Live 365, Yahoo LAUNCHcast, and MTV Online, and NPR member stations. These stations, plus others like AccuRadio, Radioio, Digitally Imported, Rhapsody and many more would be seriously impacted by retroactive royalty increases equal to 50-300% of the station’s current revenue income. In Rhapsody, Pandora and Live365’s cases, the increase would also penalize their multiple channels platform, causing rate increases equal to more than 1000% of their current revenue. 1000%! According to the RAIN (Radio And Internet Newsletter):

Webcasters will be alerting their listeners that “silence” is what Internet radio may sound like on or shortly after July 15th, the day on which 17 months’ worth of retroactive royalty increase payments are due to the SoundExchange collection organization under the terms of a recent Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision.

Read more about the situation on the RAIN website and check out SaveNetRadio.org for more options of what you – the listener, the musician, the dj, the webcaster – can do to help.

Call Your Congress To Save Internet Radio

Look at the left sidebar here at HearingTest for 2 links for contacting your Senators and Representatives in Congress. The lins are under the title act!

 

 

Save Net Radio - Internet Radio Day Of Silence

 

 

 

 


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Bjork Technology + M.I.A. To Open In France

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 14June07

Bjork! Bjork! Bjork! Dang nothing happened. I thought maybe I could conjure up the faerie queen. Well, she’s probably to busy right now to be conjured. She’s still touring and doing all kinds of press.bjorkus.jpg

For starters, you can find a fabulous interview with Bjork in the amazing online magazine Dummy Mag. It’s a virtual magazine that you actually turn the pages of. I love these tree-free magazines! Her interview is on page 66, but you might not want to skip ahead. There are articles/interviews with Bonde do Role, Justice, Maccabees, Dizzee Rascal, Skull Disco and more with lots of big glossy looking photos. Surprisingly it loads super fast. I need to learn that trick. Must be a flash thing.

Over on the opposite side of the web (literally, from zmag.co.uk to apple.com) Alan Pollard profiled the technical arrangement of Volta for Apple Pro. Alan Pollard has an insider’s perspective as Bjork’s technical director for a full 10 years. He must be pretty good at his job. He’s in charge of the technical aspects of her music, and is especially important to her on tour. In this feature, he talks about how he packs the entire faerie kingdom into a laptop (lemme guess, a MAC laptop) and the details of how to make all her mechanization work seamlessly with her human performance. It’s a stellar read for studio and gear buffs.

M.I.A. Opens For Bjork In France

And, If you are able to catch her 2 shows in Nimes France in August, you will also get to see M.I.A. when she opens for Bjork at these 2 shows!

LINKS

Dummy Mag
Bjork Tech Profile
Bjork website
M.I.A.

All The Bjork News

Bjork news and reviews on HearingTest

 

 

 

 

 

 


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PassAlong + EMI = DRM-Free

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 14June07

PassAlong, a digital media company based in Tennessee, has announced a deal with EMI to sell the music company’s entire digital catalog DRM-free.

DRM-Free EMI MP3s On PassAlong

The bonus of this agreement with PassAlong, is that its stores will offer the tunes as 320kbps mp3 format – a higher bitrate than the 128 and 192kbps bitrate that is currently offered by many online stores, including iChoons. This means that downloading a 320kbps mp3 that is free of the DRM restrictions will sound nearly as good as a cd and be even more versatile. You can play DRM-free tracks in any portable player, you can move it from one machine to another, regardless of platform, you can burn a cd of it and play it anywhere. Heck, at 320kbps you can even dj that shizzle to a slammin dancefloor and it will probably go over great! Of course, music of any format only sounds as good as the speakers its played on, so many may never hear the difference between a high quality mp3 and a cd or vinyl copy. The bigger/better the soundsystem, the more of a difference you will hear…

iChoons has plans to offer the premium quality downloads for 30 cents more, and Amazon will likely also offer the premium quality tracks when it launches its digital music store this summer. PassAlong passed the buck on how much it will charge for the higher quality tracks, stating that price is decided by the individual retailers.

LINKS

News from Reuters.
EMI
PassAlong music stores
for your entertainment stores – Trans World Entertainment’s audio/DVD/video game store. Part of the PassAlong media company.

More About DRM-Free Music:

All posts about DRM and DRM-free music On HearingTest

 

 


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Beastie Boys Win Webby Award For “I F***ing Shot That”

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

On Tuesday the Beastie Boys were honored with Artist of the Year at the 11th Annual Webby Awards. They received this award for their innovative idea in 2006 of incorporating user-generated content into their live concert film, notoriously known as Awesome, I F***ing Shot That. The Beastie Boys movie was compiled entirely of footage created by the audience with cameras that were distributed at the concert.

The Webby Award also chose them in part for their work and loud advocation of more flexible copyright laws and a share-alike attitude with their own music. David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards, described the Beastie Boys’ audience interaction enthusiastically when he stated:

“From the Internet to video to music, Beastie Boys have created a totally unique, two-way relationship with their fans… They embody the kind of collaboration and exchange of ideas that the Web is all about.”

It’s true. Just check out their official website with its own page dedicated to making Beastie Boys vocal A Cappellas available for fans to create remixes. Their website also has a tour diary, a studio cam, and a blog where they post the kinds of things that they are getting kicks from, like the fantastic G.I. Joe PSA by Eric Fensler or clips from Sesame Street.

The Webby Awards have a strict 5-word acceptance speech rule, and this is how the Boys worked it:

Can anyone fix my computer?

Hint: go to the blog and watch the G.I. Joe PSA, for reals….

For more fab 1 liners, go to the Webby Awards speeches page. For more BBoys photos from the event, go to this Picture Page. Other Award winners included LonelyGirl15, Halcyon, Ask A Ninja, and many more!

LINKS

Webby Awards Main Page
More photos from 11th Annual Webby Awards Ceremony
Beastie Boys Main Page
Awesome, I F***ing Shot That

 


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Updates To Icky Thump Gets Leaked + Video

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 7June07

UPDATE: ICKY THUMP IS NOW STREAMING. Go to the June 12th Icky Thump news on HearingTest for more info.

So, I recently reported (very briefly) that Jack White was pissed to find out that Icky Thump was leaked on a Chicago radio station. Finally, I have a bit more to add to that story.

Watch the official Icky Thump video while you read:

To recap, DJ Electra of Q101 in Chicago received a digital file of the entire album that is set to be released on June 19th. She in turn played the entire album on the air with absolutely no permission from either the White Stripes nor WMG. When Jack got wind of the news within mere hours of the album airing, he took time out of his busy tour schedule and called the station from Spain. He verbally let the people have it over the phone, but the case seems to end there. As yet, no legal action has been taken against the station nor the dj. I will keep my eye out for updates however, because Warner Music Group does not take kindly to piracy and will usually release the dogs (i.e. the RIAA) when they get offended. Someone did record the entire album off the radio and it is available somewhere on the web right now. I’d post a link but it would be useless because it will be shut down by the time you read this and another one will spring up in its place. Check back here for updates on how the story progresses. You can always type White Stripes into the searchbox in the right sidebar, and it will take you directly to all the stories about the band that are published on HearingTest. (There is also a link at the end of this post to all other WS stories).

In the meantime, here are the best/most relevant links available about this story:

LINKS TO ICKY THUMP GETS LEAKED

HearingTest report – with links to Q101 DJ Electra’s blog
Mtv first report of the situation
Mtv analyzes the legal and professional situation
All White Stripes News On HearingTest

White Stripes Tour Dates

The White Stripes will be playing a special show at Madison Square Garden in NYC with Nick Cave’s Grinderman:
New York Madison Square Garden (July 24)

For the entire White Stripes tour, head over to the Tour Report on HearingTest
The Cold War Kids have been chosen as the supporting band for the entire tour (except the Anchorage AK show).

 

 


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Futuristic ReIssue of Bob Marley’s Exodus – USB & Micro SD

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 1June07

Always at the forefront of revolution – the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s Exodus is being celebrated with the album’s release on the new music formats USB Memory Stick and Micro SD Memory Card. Marley has entered the Matrix. 4000 copies of the USB version in glorious red, green and gold include the entire album of music plus 3 video tracks recorded in June 1977 at the Rainbow Theatre in London during Marley’s exile in Britain.

Here is “Exodus” being performed live in full funky style with the whole band, the ladies, the love:

The Micro SD version would be even more limited – only 2000 copies. But that’s not all, the album will be released in ALL the old fashioned formats, except cassette tape, sorry. There will be a regular CD, a deluxe CD with a DVD of 12 live songs from the Rainbow Theatre shows, and a 12″ vinyl record packaged as an exact replica of the original issue in 1977.

Bob Marley - Exodus Gets ReIssued In New Digital Formats Plus Vinyl, CD

Tracklist

1. Natural Mystic
2. So Much Things To Say
3. Guiltiness
4. The Heathen
5. Exodus
6. Jamming
7. Waiting In Vain
8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
9. Three Little Birds
10. One Love/People Get Ready

BIG UPS ISLAND!!! That’s what I call respect.

Thanks to Uncut News for the info.


“Lively Up Yourself” 1977:


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First Country Concert In The 2nd Life

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 1June07

Second Life is about to experience its first country concert in the virtual community of 7 million residents. On June 4th, Dierks Bentley will perform live at The Bluebird in Nashville which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The Bluebird has been streaming songwriter events in the Second Life for the last few weeks, but Bentley’s show will mark the first country concert in streaming 3D reality. Now, you don’t have to go to Nashville to get the full Nashville experience, just log in to Second Life! All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Vanderbilt Childrens’ Hospital.

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Smaller Internet Radio Stations Get Extension On Rate Increase

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 22May07

Hurray for the dedicated supporters of internet radio broadcasting!!! We have achieved at least a small victory today, and hopefully it will serve as precedent to achieve bigger victories in the near future!

The announcement came down the vine today that SoundExchange (who i thoroughly reported about here) has offered a reduced royalty rate to “smaller” webcasters. We can only hope that this will further translate into no royalty rate for those stations that are able to prove that they do not broadcast music that incurs any royalty at all. You may recall that previous decisions had included a $500 minimum fee for every station plus royalty fees even for strictly talk-based radio. The new decision states that smaller stations on the web will owe 10% of revenues up to $250K and 12% of revenues over $250K. For stations that already pay royalties and fully comply to this system, this will come as a great relief. However, the language of the press release leads one to think that this may be a temporary fix to give smaller net stations a chance to catch up before being hit with the original plan of increased royalty rates. Let’s not even get started on how the government considers this a “subsidy” to small webcasters to help them get their business built up enough to afford the big fees, rather than a free speech or freedom of access to non-commercial music. So, the struggle to keep internet radio accessible to all has not yet been won…

Listeners Can Save Internet Radio

Please read more about the new situation by checking these links as the story progresses:

LINKS

Radio And Internet Newsletter
Save Net Radio
Hypebot

PBS report on the dynamics of webcasting.

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Creativity Through Copyright Allegiance

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 21May07

There’s a new copyright group in town…According to Future Music blog:

A new intellectual property advocacy organization dubbed the Copyright Alliance has launched to reform the current state of copyrights n the United States. The group is made up of 29 organizations in the U.S. ranging from entertainment and arts groups to technology and sports coalitions. The alliance estimates that the number individuals it represents totals 11 million.

It dubs itself a “non-profit, non-partisan educational entity” and states its intention “to provide educational resources and promote creativity, jobs and growth through copyright.”
promote creativity through copyright? puhleeeease… Read more at Future Music blog.

Also, hypebot is following every move of WMG as it raises bids to purchase EMI. WMG is confident that the EU will approve the merger, but is that actually likely? EMI seems prepared to remain independent, so the bidding game should remain interesting…

  
  
  

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A detailed report on the Battle Between Webcasters and the CopyrightRoyaltyBoard

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 7March07

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comic by Randall Munroe

I posted last week about internet broadcasters (webcasters) being charged royalty fees, including retroactively for all of 2006, when the US Copyright Royalty Board announced its decision on the new rates. (See here for that post) Given the obscene nature of these fees : enforced retroactively AND costing 2-5 times more what most stations were able to earn through listener support and advertising, the online community and the legal defense parties are leaping into action, first with an appeal, and simultaneously with awareness and support from people who don’t want to lose internet radio stations.

One internet radio station that will be dramatically affected by this new royalty rate is SomaFM from San Francisco, CA. They are a poster child for the small radio station that played by the rules, but might be forced to shut down due to the enormous disparity between what a station is capable of earning, and what it is expected to pay to all the different music management and licensing companies. SomaFM relates the details of their situation in the latest newsletter :

You may have heard, but once again internet radio is facing huge additional royalties for broadcasting music. These royalties are in addition to the ones that we pay to ASCAP and BMI, and are a royalty that is only paid by internet broadcasters. Over-the-air (AM/FM) broadcasters are explicitly exempt from this royalty; it only applies to internet broadcasters and subscription music services. In the past, we paid royalties based on a percentage of our revenues, in our case 10% of our revenue. But the new royalties don’t allow that percentage of revenue factor, and instead charge us for each song we play times the number of people listening. This works out to about $8 per average concurrent listener per month. In 2006, we averaged over 6000 average concurrent listeners per month, and the royalties we will have to pay for 2006 is about $628,000, over 4 times the amount of money we brought in. And these rates go up drastically each year, until 2010, where they are 2.5 times their initial rate: by then we will have to pay over $1 million dollars a year in royalties if we want to stay on the air. So you can see that this puts us in an impossible position. And to make it even worse, the rates are retroactive to 2006. It doesn’t seem fair that a small radio service like SomaFM has to pay all these additional royalties, when over-the-air stations who reach much larger audiences are exempted from paying them. If you are in the USA, we would appreciate it if you could sign this online petition which will be presented to members of Congress.It’s important for us to let Congress know that independent internet radio is about to be forced out of business. We need to keep our existing “percentage of revenue” royalty rate structure, or better yet, have Congress extend the exemption to internet radio stations as well as terrestrial (over-the-air) stations.

http://www.petitiononline.com/SIR2007r/petition.html

Thanks for all of your support for SomaFM in the past. We will do what we need to do to keep SomaFM on the air and broadcasting. We love you!

Rusty Hodge,
General Manager and Program Director
SomaFM.com

For more information on SomaFM, visit their website : http://somafm.com

This petition is the big deal right now. The website “Save Our Internet Radio” has a page with 6 things you can do to help webcasters in this daunting legal battle, and this petition is at the top of the list.

Mad as hell about the threat to Internet Radio? Do Something!

Posted by
Bill Goldsmith

1. Sign this online petition and open letter to the US Congress.

2. Send an email to your members of Congress. You can use our suggested text, or write your own.

3. Print out the email (you’ll get a copy) and mail it to your Congresspeople. Follow up with a phone call. You can look up their addresses and phone numbers here.

4. Write a letter to the editor of your favorite magazines and newspapers. If you know someone in the media, let them know what’s going on. Have them read my post below, if you like.

5. Don’t panic. Together we can save the medium that we all love. We have the passion to make it happen!

6. Digg this post to help spread the word.

In order to digg that post, you will have to go to the post itself. Just click on the headline, or the word permalink in the quoted text.

Another thing to consider, since Congress is a bit slow to action, is contacting the Copyright Royalty Board directly. Let them know exactly how you feel about this decision, how it affects you personally, and how it affects the existance of internet radio. Let them see that killing this industry may make royalties harder to collect in the future, not only because so many stations went out of business, but also because we, the public, aren’t being exposed to new artists and new music, and therefore are not buying as many albums as we did when we heard it first on internet radio. You can contact the CRB directly at :

Copyright Royalty Board
P.O. Box 70977
Washington DC 20024-0977

(202) 707-7658

Or use the online form on their website : http://www.loc.gov/crb/contact/

For what it’s worth, many organizations, government agencies, and lobbyists count each form of communication as representing more than one person’s opinion. The formula for this type of math counts letters as representing more people than phone calls, which in turn represent more than emails. Doing all 3 counts the most!

Even Wired Magazine is abuzz with updates on the battle between broadcasters and the Board. Today their headlines included :

Royalty Hike Panics Webcasters
08:00 AM Mar, 06, 2007
By Eliot Van Buskirk

Internet radio companies big and small are revving up for a fight with the Copyright Royalty Board that could lead to the halls of Congress and — some fear — the end of streaming music stations in the United States.

The panicked preparation follows last Friday’s buzz-killing bombshell: As 50 million or so online radio listeners geared up for their weekends, the board released new royalty rates representing a potential tenfold increase webcasters would have to pay out.

In the old, percentage-based fee system, webcasters paid SoundExchange — the Recording Industry Association of America-associated organization that pushed the Copyright Royalty Board to adopt the new rates — between 6 percent and 12 percent of their revenue, depending on audience reach. The new system charges all webcasters a flat fee per song per listener; for instance, in 2007, streaming companies would owe $0.0011 per song per listener (rates change based on year).

That amount may not sound like much, but it adds up quickly. Consider, for instance, AOL Music, with its average of 210,694 listeners for November 2006. According to calculations made by the Radio and Internet Newsletter, or RAIN, AOL retroactively owes about $1.65 million in sound-recording royalties for that month alone (and that doesn’t include songwriting royalties). By the end of this year, according to RAIN, the company could owe roughly $20 million — unless the rates are overturned by the board or by Congress, which is still a possibility.

Larger services that offer thousands of channels, such as the free Pandora, are also facing a huge spike in royalty costs. Kurt Hanson, publisher of RAIN and CEO of AccuRadio, went so far as to speculate that Pandora, which is based in the United States, could “disappear” as a result of the new rates. Overseas competitors like Last.fm, which is based in London and removed from the board’s restrictions, could easily claim Pandora’s market share. If Pandora has to pay the annual $500 minimum for each channel, Hanson said, its sound-recording royalty bill for 2006 alone would be capped at about $2 billion (based on the service’s 300 million registered users, each of whom gets to create up to 100 unique channels).

“The rates are disastrous,” says Joe Kennedy, CEO of Pandora. “I’m not aware of any internet radio service that believes it can sustain a business at the rates set by this decision.”

The situation for smaller webcasters isn’t any better. And for the likes of Bill Goldsmith, who runs Radio Paradise, it’s far worse: “This royalty structure would wipe out an entire class of business, small independent webcasters such as myself and my wife. Our obligation under this rate structure would be equal to over 125 percent of our total income.”

The smallest webcasters, who use services such as Live365 for their shows, will likely vanish as well unless the rates are overturned. RAIN pegs Live365’s royalty obligation for 2006 at approximately $4.2 million — and that’s not counting the minimum $500 it could owe annually for thousands of its channels. Again, that’s in addition to other royalty fees. (The site, like most others, already pays songwriter royalties to performing rights organizations BMI, ASCAP and SESAC.)

Live365 did not respond to e-mail and phone queries from Wired News in time for publication, and Yahoo declined to comment. SoundExchange also failed to respond.

Hanson, who testified at the hearings on behalf of small webcasters, said he doesn’t “think the people actually running the record labels want to see internet radio shut down,” but that SoundExchange’s lawyers had planned “an aggressive, win-all-you-can battle in Washington. I think they were more successful than they expected to be.”

Pandora’s Joe Kennedy believes the board’s decision will not stand — it’s simply too extreme. He wrote to Wired News, “The only reason the (online streaming) services are not shutting down today is the belief that rationality will ultimately prevail here, either through appeal or congressional intervention.” (A third option, according to Hanson, is that SoundExchange could choose to continue licensing music as a share of revenue, as it did before the Copyright Royalty Board decision.)

Only webcasters that were involved in the original Copyright Royalty Board decision-making process (Yahoo, AOL, Live365 and a few smaller webcasters including Radioio, Ultimate80s and Accuradio) will be able to file an appeal, and they have 15 days to do so.

The House Commerce Committee’s telecommunications subcommittee is holding a hearing on March 7 to hear testimony on the current and future radio industry. Witnesses will include Mel Karmazin from Sirius, Peter Smith from broadcaster Greater Media and Bob Kimball from RealNetworks.

If the new rates stick, online music fans may come to expect far less innovation, variety and quality when it comes to internet radio. Some industry experts fear that even more users could be driven to illicit services that pay no royalties or those that operate from other countries.

A little more info on SoundExchange, taken from the FAQ on their website :

Who
governs SoundExchange?

The SoundExchange Board of Directors oversees all operations of SoundExchange.
This board approves such things as the distribution methodology and
administrative expenses. It is comprised of one representative from
each of the major label groups (EMI Music Group, SONY BMG Music
Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group); independent
labels (Tommy Boy Entertainment, a large independent, and Matador Records,
a small independent); a designated executive from an independent label
association; a designated executive from the Recording Industry Association
of America (RIAA); and an equal number of artists and artist representatives
from such organizations as AFTRA, AFM, the Recording
Academy, Music Manager’s Forum – U.S. and the Future of Music Coalition.
For a full board member listing, click
here
.

When was SoundExchange founded?
Before its spin-off in September of 2003 as an independent organization, SoundExchange was originally created in 2000 as an unincorporated division of the RIAA.

I’m already a member of ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. Don’t they cover this for me? What is the difference?
No. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC represent a different copyright than SoundExchange. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC collect performance revenue for the owners of the copyrighted musical work (the song), i.e. music publishers, songwriters and composers. SoundExchange collects performance revenue for owners of the sound recording copyright (the recording) and for featured and nonfeatured artists. SoundExchange, therefore, performs a different function and does not compete with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. In fact, a company with both publishing (“song”) copyrights and recording copyrights should join collecting societies administering both types of rights: one for the song and another for the sound recording copyright.

And, a list of the SoundExchange Board includes :

SoundExchange Board

Alasdair McMullan
– EMI
Andrea Finkelstein – Sony BMG
Cary Sherman – RIAA

Daryl P. Friedman
– Recording Academy*
Dick Huey – Matador Records*
Don Rose – American Association of Independent Music

Jay L. Cooper, Esq.
– Recording Artists’ Coalition (RAC)*
Jay Rosenthal, Esq. – RAC*
Kim Roberts Hedgpeth – AFTRA
Michael Hausman

Michael Ostroff
– UMG
Patricia Polach – AFM

Patrick Rains

Paul Robinson
– WMG
Perry Resnick – Music Manager’s Forum-U.S.*
Steven M. Marks – RIAA*

Tom Silverman
– Tommy Boy Entertainment LLC*
Walter F. McDonough, Esq. – Future of Music Coalition
(FMC)*

*For identification purposes
only

One last thing from SoundExchange, their page on Licensing 101 is very valuable for webcasters. It spells out what a webcaster needs to do in order to obtain licenses and pay royalties….

If you would like to read a more detailed article from a legal standpoint, discussing exactly what and who this decision covers, what is financially expected between now and the appeal, and how the new royalty rates were created, and how they are intended to be distributed between the artists and the copyright holder (record company usually) please see the broadcast law blog.

2 great resources for everyone affected by the CRB and the royalty rates – legal guides in PDF form :


INTERNET RADIO: THE BASICS OF YOUR MUSIC ROYALTY OBLIGATIONS

Copyright Royalty Board Announces Music Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Internet Streaming

If you have any trouble loading those links, try the IWA page that they came from. These legal guides are offered free to all from the Internet Webcasting Association, courtesy of David Oxenford and Davis Wright Tremaine. The IWA website states :

For more information or questions about these or other legal issues related to streaming, please contact David Oxenford.

Contact Info:
David Oxenford David D. Oxenford
Washington, D.C.
(202) 508-6656
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These advisories are publications of the Broadcast Group of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Our purpose in publishing these advisories is to inform our clients and friends of recent developments in the broadcasting industry. They are not intended, nor should they be used, as a substitute for specific legal advice as legal counsel may only be given in response to inquiries regarding particular situations.

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