SoundExchange

SoundExchange Deadlines
1/19/16

Streaming your station on the Internet is an established platform with which to expand your audience. However, if you are streaming music, you need to submit Reports of Use each quarter in order for SX to make payments to artists and labels.

Attorney Melodie Virtue at Garvey Schubert Barer Law provided information on the following deadlines:

For CPB-covered stations:

  • January 4, 2016: file SX fourth quarter Report of Use with NPR Digital Services

For Non-CPB-covered stations:

  • January 31, 2016 – submit minimum $500 annual fee to SX.
  • January 31, 2016 – file election with SX to participate in license rates and terms applicable to your streaming operations, such as the Educational Webcaster rates and terms.
  • January 31, 2016 – certify eligibility and pay the $100 proxy fee to SX if your online station is student-run and supervised by an accredited school in order to avoid filing Reports of Use.
  • January 15, 2016 – file monthly Statement of Account and monthly Report of Use for November 2015 with SX if applicable to the terms you elected.
  • February 13, 2016 – file quarterly Report of Use with SX if applicable to the terms you elected or if you are a minimum fee broadcaster and are paying royalties in accordance with the 2011 Copyright Royalty Board rates and terms.

If you rely on a service provider to prepare and file your Reports of Use with SX, be sure to confirm that they timely file your reports.

SoundExchange (SX) is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. All  webcasters must provide reports to SX for the right to play music in their online streams in order to avoid significant monetary penalties.

Click here for details on the CPB/SX agreement and please be sure to comply with all requirements.

¿Preguntas? Questions? Write to ileana@latinopublicradioconsortium.org.

 


SoundExchange Reports of Use
1/6/16

Click here for a step-by-step guide to enroll in reporting to NPR Digital Services under the special pricing arranged through NFCB.

SoundExchange (SX) is a non-profit performance rights organization (PRO) that collects and distributes royalties on behalf of sound recording copyright owners and artists for non-interactive digital transmissions. Any qualified public broadcasting station that is playing music on-line must provide music use reports to SX as established by Congress in the Digital Millennial Copyright Act.

The CPB-SoundExchange Agreement identifies NPR Digital Services as the sole organization which submits music use reports to SX on behalf of the public radio system, which includes NFCB members who elect to have their royalties paid by CPB.

CPB covers SX royalties but stations need to submit Reports of Use each quarter in order for SX  to make payments to artists and labels.

The cost of reporting for NPR member stations is covered through their NPR membership dues. Non-NPR stations who are NFCB members can take advantage of special pricing for reporting by enrolling in NFCB’s SoundExchange program and paying an annual fee of $275 to NFCB. This fee covers the costs of preparing the system-wide reports for SoundExchange, which should not be confused with the royalties which CPB pays.

Through the LPRC partnership with NFCB, LPRC stations are considered NFCB members and are therefore eligible to participate in the NFCB SoundExchange agreement.

NFCB explains how the system works on their end: CPB provides a list of registered stations that are participating in the CPB/SX agreement. NPR pays SX directly for the royalties for registered stations and provides a system-wide report prepared by NPR Digital Services.  NPR bills NFCB for non-NPR, non-CSG eligible NFCB members for the reporting services performed by NPR Digital Services.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to enroll in reporting to NPR Digital Services under the special pricing arranged through NFCB.


Background

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR have reached an agreement with SoundExchange that will continue to allow public broadcasters to stream (music) sound recordings over the Internet for five years starting on January 1, 2016, when the current agreement expires. Without this blanket agreement, stations that play music over the internet must negotiate music rights directly with the holders of each piece of music.

CPB will pay all the fees to cover qualified public radio stations for the entire term (January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2020). As in the previous SoundExchange agreements, stations eligible to be covered must be either CPB CSG qualified; an NPR member station; or an NFCB member station. The SoundExchange agreement does not apply to public television stations.

To be covered by the agreement, your station must log in to the Music Rights section of the CPB website and opt-in by December 31, 2015, even if your station has been covered under previous SoundExchange agreements. Stations must register before December 31 in order to be covered by the agreement’s licensing rights as of January 1, 2016.  Stations can register later but the agreement does not convey license rights to any station until the station has completed the registration process.

SoundExchange (SX)  is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. All  webcasters must provide reports to SX for the right to play music in their online streams in order to avoid significant monetary penalties.

Streaming your station on the Internet is an established platform with which to expand your audience. Click here for details on the agreement and please be sure to comply with all requirements.

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