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Five things broadcasters should know about SoundExchange Music Royalties

- By David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

The recent Copyright Royalty Board decision setting the rates to be paid by Internet radio operators to SoundExchange for the rights to publicly perform sound recordings (a particular recording of a song as performed by an artist or band) still raises many questions.

The subject of music rights is so confusing to those who do not routinely deal with the topic – even to those who work in radio or other industries that routinely perform music and to journalists and analysts that write about the topic.

Thus, repeating the basics can still be important.

The new royalties set by the CRB represent a big savings for broadcasters who simulcast their signals on the Internet.

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