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23-05-07 Small web casters spared from royalty rise
SoundExchange has offered a deal to small web casters to lower the royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board's (CRB) decision in March. The offer would make the rates for streaming sound recordings roughly the same as those set by the Small Webcaster Settlement Act (SWSA), which expired in 2005. The offer is in response to a request from a House Judiciary Subcommittee for SoundExchange to initiate good faith private negotiations with small commercial and noncommercial web casters with the shared goal of ensuring their continued operations and viability. SoundExchange is proposing that the royalties be based on a percentage of revenue at the rates under the SWSA: small web asters would pay royalties equal to 10% of all gross revenue up to $250,000, and 12% for all gross revenue above that amount. But only those web casters that generate less than a specified amount of revenue and less than a certain amount of usage will be eligible for this lower rate. This is to ensure that only those web casters of a certain size, who are forming or strengthening their businesses, get this break. Rates set by the CRB require all commercial web casters -to pay a penny-rate per stream plus a minimum of $500 per channel. Meanwhile, the SaveNetRadio coalition, a group formed to solicit support against the recent CRB decision, issued a statement rejecting the offer as the proposal made by SoundExchange would still leave web casters be bad off and end any small web caster's hopes of one day becoming big.
04-05-07 Last.fm online radio expansion plans unchanged by royalty battle
Last_fm, the online radio and music network, will continue with its expansion plans, despite the threat to internet radio from the record industry in the US. A battle is currently being fought over how much royalty should be paid for streaming radio. Until last week, the future for online radio looked rather bad in the US, but on Friday, a bill was introduced in Congress aimed at guaranteeing internet radio parity on royalty payments with satellite broadcasts by bringing down the rate payable to collection societies at 7.5 per cent of revenue.
18-04-07 Internet radio royalty ruling reaffirmed
A panel of judges at the Copyright Royalty Board has denied a request from the National Public Radio and other webcasters to reconsider a March ruling that forces Internet radio stations to pay high amounts of royalties. The panel's ruling reaffirmed the original CRB decision, with the exception of how the royalties will be calculated. Instead of charging a royalty for each time a song is heard by a listener online, Internet broadcasters will be able pay royalties based on average listening hours through the end of 2008.
18-10-06 New online radio service from Sirius
A new Internet radio service is launched this week. Promotion for the new service is done by shock jock Howard Stern who must attract a new online audience with his first-ever free Internet broadcast. Stern's program will be made available live online at no charge for two days on October 25 and 26. The new service offers more than 75 channels of CD-quality programming over the Internet for a monthly subscription fee of $12.95. The service can be accessed by logging on to the Sirius Web site.
08-09-06

 

Clear Channel starts mobile-based distribution
Clear Channel Radio has unveiled a mobile-based radio distribution program, starting with New York-based Z100 (WHTZ-FM). As part of a relationship with Cingular Wireless, Clear Channel will distribute live Z100 broadcasts via cell phone. Over 100 additional stations will be added to the new service over the next year. For a premium rate of about $4 a month Channel Radio.Cingular subscribers can now listen to Z100 broadcasts as well as podcast interviews and have the ability to make station requests via text message.
23-04-06 Bob Dylan starting Satellite Radio show in May
Bob Dylan will on May 3 unveil his XM Satellite Radio show "Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan." The first broadcast will be based around the theme of "weather" and will also find Dylan sharing stories and answering questions submitted by fans via email. Future shows will feature guests such as Elvis Costello, actor Charlie Sheen and comedians Penn Jillette, Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel.
21-02-06 Traditional radio goes digital
As various new media increasingly compete for consumers, the AM-FM radio establishment has launched a counterattack, being digital radio. Last month, a consortium of the biggest radio conglomerates announced that more than a hundred FM stations had gone digital, offering listeners with a special receiver near-CD-quality sound and up to three additional channels per frequency. Most stations offer alternate takes on their primary format: As terrestrial radio audiences have dropped thirteen percent in the last ten years, in response eight of the top radio companies formed the HD Digital Radio Alliance in 2005 and have launched digital stations in twenty-eight top markets.
27-01-06

 

RIAA raise issue over new digital radio devices
The music industry has raised an issue over new devices that can record and save high-quality digital copies of tunes as they're being broadcast by new satellite radio networks. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is worried that consumers might increasingly choose to make such copies instead of purchasing the music on a commercial CD or from a download store. The RIAA has started negotiations with satellite radio companies and is opening discussions with radio broadcasters over their specific products. In long term, the music industry wants to have regulation for these new digital radio networks so labels can get paid when consumers keep copies of songs.
20-01-06 Traditional radio aiming for multi-channel radio
Competition between traditional and satellite radio has been furious from the start and has intensified with the January 9 debut of a channel for shock jock Howard Stern on Sirius. But now, the battle for subscribers is about to get even more heated up as traditional radio companies are making a major push into high-definition radio, a new technology that will let them better compete for listeners with a greater range of channels and higher sound quality. What's more, wireless broadcasting networks as well as services that let you listen to radio on your PC or download radio wirelessly are rushing into the market, offering consumers many new listening options.
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