Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Vaughan, Ontario (near Dufferin and Steeles)
The RIAA Wants To Destroy Internet Radio in the US
...and the rest of the world is probably next. The United States Copyright Royalty Board has basically accepted the big business position, and raised internet radio royalty rates to punitive, indeed destructive levels. Some major details are at http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/arch...ificantly.html
The rates set by the Board for commercial webcasters, including broadcasters retransmitting their over-the-air signals on the Internet, are as follows:
2006 - $.0008 per performance
2007 - $.0011 per performance
2008 - $.0014 per performance
2009 - $.0018 per performance
2010 - $.0019 per performance
The minimum fee is $500 per channel per year. There is no clear definition of what a "channel" is for services that make up individualized playlists for listeners.
For noncommercial webcasters, the fee will be $500 per channel, for up to 159,140 Aggregate Tuning Hours (one listener listening for an hour) per month. Noncommercial webcasters who exceed that level pay at the commercial rate for all listening in excess of that limit.
The decision also removes most reductions for non-commercial webcasters.
A discussion of the implications is at http://www.save-internet-radio.com/2...nternet-radio/