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Judge orders ASCAP fees for radio to drop - on an interim basis

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 19 2010

Last week, a US District Court Judge adopted a new interim rate to be paid by commercial radio broadcasters to ASCAP for the use of ASCAP-licensed music by over-the-air radio stations, reducing the fees paid by the industry by about $40 million dollars, or about 20 of the total that had been paid by the industry under the rate deal that expired at the end of 2009

Court of Appeals determines that Launchcast is not an interactive service - thus not needing direct licenses from the record labels

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 22 2009

The question of when a digital music service is "interactive" and therefore requires direct negotiations with a copyright holder in order to secure permission to use a sound recording is a difficult one that has been debated since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was adopted in 1998

Court rejects webcaster challenge to Copyright Royalty Board on Internet Radio royalties - and does not rule on constitutional issue of CRB appointment

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 10 2009

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today released its decision for the most part rejecting the appeals of webcasters of the 2007 decision of the Copyright Royalty Board setting Internet Royalty rates for the use of sound recordings

Court upholds Copyright Royalty Board decision on satellite radio royalties, but questions board's constitutionality

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 8 2009

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued a decision basically upholding the royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board due under Section 114 of the Copyright Act by satellite radio operators for the public performance of sound recordings