SoundExchange collects and distributes the digital public performance royalty, which means performers and labels get paid for digital plays of their music. In 1995, Congress passed Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act, which granted a performance right for the digital transmission of sound recordings. Previously, US copyright law contained no provisions for performance right in sound recordings. SoundExchange is the designated non-profit organization that collects the license fees and distributes royalties to those whose recordings were played digitally. Payees include the performer, non-featured artists and the sound recording copyright owner (most often, a label). read more
The open internet is about choice, freedom of expression and access to information. Yet there are some corporations that want to change the basic structure of the web as we know it.
Certain telecommunications companies would like to charge content providers higher fees for the faster loading of their sites, which could alter the way we access the web. The result would be an Internet where those companies that couldn’t afford to — or didn’t want to — pay this toll would be relegated the slow lane. Independent and developing musicians could lose an ever-important connection to their fans, while listeners might find their access to the web’s varied, exciting and legal musical offerings severely compromised. read more
The Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the courts routinely examine media ownership rules. These debates set policies that govern traditional media, while establishing a regulatory framework that will dictate the future of broadcasting and related industries.
A Few Not-So-Hypothetical Scenarios
Imagine that a single company owns a local daily paper, two local TV stations, the cable system, the alternative weekly, the primary portal for the internet, and up to eight radio stations in your town. That company is based on the other side of the country, and answers to its advertisers and stockholders. How are they accountable to the needs of your community? read more
A Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel is a group of three arbitrators from the private sector, appointed and administered by the US Copyright Office and the Library of Congress, which meet for limited times for the purpose of adjusting rates and distributing royalties. A CARP was established in 1993 to negotiate the terms of the webcasting royalty rates and reporting requirements. This fact sheet covered some of the core issues that were present in the proceedings in 2001-2002. read more