Webcasters, RIAA Propose New Royalties


The Digital Media Association and the Recording Industry Association of America agreed to a proposal for royalty fees that Internet radio services must pay record companies for Webcasting their songs. The proposal, submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office, will require large Internet companies, such as AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and RealNetworks, to pay 0.0726 cents for each song Webcasted from their radio services… this rate, as well as the 1.17 cents per aggregate hour, covers individual streams for subscription and nonsubscription services. The recording industry would also receive 10.9 percent of subscription revenue but no less than 27 cents a month per subscription.

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