Webcasters still have time to join the licensing discussion, but must hurry

Posted By James Davey on Feb 01 2014 12:23 AM

The Copyright Royalty Board has set this Monday, February 3, as the deadline for webcasters to file an intention to participate in the two-year royalty setting process arbitrated by the CRB. The Copyright Royalty Board is a three-judge panel charged with representing the U.S. government in arbitrating music-licensing rates between online music services and artists/labels. The artists and labels are represented in this proceeding by SoundExchange, a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) which collects and distributes royalty payments.

Any webcaster can file for participation with some paperwork and a $150 fee. Inclusion in the process signals a desire to observe the process at least, and possibly participate in arguments and litigation.

At stake is the webcasting royalty scheme for the statutory five-year period from 2016 through 2020. The decision-making process encompasses two years leading up to that period. The 2015-2020 window is the fourth period whose webcasting royalty rates are governed by the CRB process.

Applicants can take quickest action by writing the CRB at this email address: crb@loc.gov, or by calling CRB program specialist LaKeshia Keys at (202) 707�7658.



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