April 16, 2008

Public performance in S R?

Copyright Office supports public performance rights in sound recording. What would this mean for broadcasters who are currently exempt?

New congressional bills introduced on Dec 18 2007. Key provisions proposed:

Expand 114 to broadcasting. Reach all transmissions in all formats. Possible carve out for small broadcasters with a $5000 cap annual fee. Similar for non commercial broadcasters with $ 1000 annual fee cap.

Exempt religious use and background use.

Explicitly say no effect on publishers rights.

Why are these important? Parity for platforms and among copyright owners.

Why oppose? Promotional value of broadcasting. But that weakened by internet broadcasts. FCC? Public interest obligations.

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