Webcast royalty rate decision announced: Is this the death kneel for Internet radio?
The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has announced its decision on Internet radio royalty rates, rejecting all of the arguments made by Webcasters and instead adopting the “per play” rate proposal put forth by SoundExchange (a digital music fee collection body created by the RIAA).
Rates start at “$.0008 per performance” and rise to $.0019 by 2010. That’s cheap, right? No, it’s not.
A “performance” is defined as the streaming of one song to one listener; thus a station that has an average audience of 500 listeners racks up 500 “performances” for each song it plays.
That’s gonna add up quickly. Worse: it’s retroactive to January 1, 2006.