Royalty Rates Set for Noncommercial Radio
The Library of Congress has set the rates for noncommercial radio royalty payments during the period 2013–2017 for the use of performances of musical compositions in broadcasts.
On June 26, 2012, the library’s Copyright Royalty Board posted a Federal Register notice — Determination of Reasonable Rates and Terms for Noncommercial Broadcasting — which is seeking comments on the proposed rates and terms for the performance of musical compositions by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio (NPR) and other public broadcasting entities and for the use of published pictorial, graphic and sculptural works by public broadcasting entities.
In response to a proposed rule issued on April 25, 2012, the Copyright Royalty Board received from PBS and NPR a joint proposal setting forth rates and terms that fulfill requirements of the Copyright Act. The June 26 Federal Register notice not only sets the royalty rates, but also provides those who would be bound by the rates and terms an opportunity to comment and/or object to the proposal, the royalty board says. The deadline for comments is July 26, 2012.
The terms and rates of royalty payments proposed for NPR and other noncommercial radio broadcasters for musical performances during the period 2013-2017 are:
For the performance of such a work in a feature presentation of NPR: $23.53
For the performance of such a work as background or theme music in an NPR program: $5.70
For the performance of such a work in a feature presentation of a station of NPR: $1.66
For the performance of such a work as background or theme music in a program of a station of NPR: $0.59