Friday, November 09, 2007

Royalty Rates Proposed for New Subscription Service

Today, the Copyright Royal Board (CRB) published its royalty rate proposal for a new subscription service. How does this concern satellite radio, you ask? It affects it directly. These are the royalty rates for satellite radio on satellite TV. The proposed rates are given below:

§ 383.3 Royalty fees for public
performances of sound recordings and the
making of ephemeral recordings.
(a) Royalty rates. Royalty rates for the
public performance of sound recordings
by eligible digital transmissions made
over a Service pursuant to 17 U.S.C.
114, and for ephemeral recordings of
sound recordings made pursuant to 17
U.S.C. 112 to facilitate such
transmissions, are as follows. Each
Licensee will pay, with respect to
content covered by the License that is
provided via the Service of each such
Licensee:
(1) For Stand-Alone Contracts, the
greater of:
(i) 15% of Revenue, or
(ii) The following monthly minimum
payment per Subscriber to the Service of
such Licensee—
(A) From inception through 2006:
$0.0075
(B) 2007: $0.0075
(C) 2008: $0.0075
(D) 2009: $0.0125
(E) 2010: $0.0150 and
(2) For Bundled Contracts, the greater
of:
(i) 15% of Revenue allocated to reflect
the objective value of the Licensee’s
Service, or
(ii) The following monthly minimum
payment per Subscriber to the Service of
such Licensee:
(A) From inception through 2006:
$0.0220
(B) 2007: $0.0220
(C) 2008: $0.0220
(D) 2009: $0.0220
(E) 2010: $0.0250
(b) Minimum fee. Each Licensee will
pay an annual, non-refundable
minimum fee of one hundred thousand
dollars ($100,000), payable on January
31 of each calendar year in which the
Service is provided pursuant to the
section 112 and 114 statutory licenses,
but payable pursuant to the applicable
regulations for all years 2007 and
earlier. Such fee shall be recoupable and
credited against royalties due in the
calendar year in which it is paid.

§ 383.4 Terms for making payment of
royalty fees.
(a) Subject to the provisions of this
section, terms governing timing and due
dates of royalty payments, late fees,
statements of account, audit and
verification of royalty payments and
distributions, cost of audit and
verification, record retention
requirements, treatment of Licensees’
confidential information, distribution of
royalties, unclaimed funds, designation
and definition of the collection and
distribution organization, and any
definitions for applicable terms not
defined herein and not otherwise
inapplicable shall be those adopted by
the Copyright Royalty Judges for
subscription transmissions and the
reproduction of ephemeral recordings
by preexisting satellite digital audio
radio services in Docket No. 2006–1
CRB DSTRA (‘‘the SDARS Proceeding’’).
(b) Without prejudice to any
applicable notice and recordkeeping
provisions, statements of account shall
not require reports of performances.
(c) If the Copyright Royalty Judges
adopt reports of use regulations in the
SDARS Proceeding, those regulations, if
any, shall govern Licensees’ obligations
to report sound recordings used
pursuant to this part, except that
Licensees also shall report to
SoundExchange which channels are
transmitted by their respective
Providers for all past, current and future
periods. In the event that the Copyright
Royalty Judges do not adopt reports of
use regulations in the SDARS
Proceeding, then reports of use provided
by XM Satellite Radio Inc. (‘‘XM’’) and
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (‘‘Sirius’’) for
their use of sound recordings on their
preexisting satellite digital audio radio
services (as defined in 17 U.S.C.
114(j)(10)) shall be deemed to satisfy
XM’s and Sirius’ obligations to report
sound recordings used pursuant to this
part, and MTV Networks shall provide
census reporting, retroactive to the
inception of its Service.
Dated: November 6, 2007.
James Scott Sledge,
Chief Copyright Royalty Judge.
[FR Doc. E7–22044 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am]

On a separate note, those you who haven't read the Billboard interview with Chief CRB Judge James Sledge, you can read it here. It is an interesting read.



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