SoundExchange, NPR, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Reach Settlement

soundexchangeSoundExchange has reached a settlement agreement with NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on royalty rates for the next five years for webcasting by public radio stations. If adopted by the Copyright Royalty Board, the settlements will be in effect from 2016-2020.

This marks the second settlement agreement in five months with non-commercial webcasters. In October 2014, SoundExchange and College Broadcasters, Inc. (which represents college media outlets) reached an agreement, which allows noncommercial webcasters at colleges and educational institutions to continue to employ a consistent royalty framework, and ensures rights holders are compensated.

“We always prefer negotiated solutions with digital services, provided that they ensure appropriate payment to artists and rights holders. We are pleased that we have again reached an agreement with NPR and CPB. This agreement recognizes the unique circumstances and missions of these organizations, and compensates the creators of the music used in their programing,” said Michael Huppe, president and chief executive officer, SoundExchange.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is pleased that we, together with NPR and SoundExchange have reached an agreement on Internet streaming of sound recordings by public radio stations funded by CPB that recognizes the unique nature of public radio and the vital service it provides to the American people,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO, CPB.

“We are pleased to again collaborate with SoundExchange to come up with a framework for royalties that provides artists and rights holders with fair compensation while recognizing public radio’s distinctive public service and nonprofit operating model,” said NPR CEO Jarl Mohn. “The agreement is a testament to public radio’s significant contributions to musicians, artists, audiences and cultural programming in today’s dynamic music environment.”


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