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Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 enters Senate

Posted on: 06/10/2009

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) introduced the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 to the U.S. Senate yesterday. It enters the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill is identical to the version in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed committee earlier this month (RAIN coverage here). The Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 modifies the existing Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, extending the deadline for which webcasters and SoundExchange must agree to a royalty rate to 30 days after the enactment of the new bill.

The original bill set a deadline of February 15, 2009. However, SoundExchange was not able to reach deals with all webcasters by that date, including “pureplay” webcasters, small commercial webcasters, and religious broadcasters. The new bill would give webcasters and SoundExchange more time to hammer out a deal.

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