House passes Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 on Tuesday. If passed into law, the bill will give SoundExchange and webcasters an extra 30 days from when the bill is passed to settle on an acceptable royalty rate. The Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 was introduced to the Senate in late May (RAIN coverage here).
The original Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 passed in October of last year and set a deadline of February 15, 2009 (RAIN coverage here). Some Internet radio groups settled on new royalty rates with SoundExhange under the original Settlement Act, including public radio and the NAB. However, SoundExchange failed to hammer out a deal with many webcasters — including “pureplay” webcasters, small commercial webcasters, and religious broadcasters — by the February deadline. The new Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 would provide an extra 30 days to reach deals with these webcasters.
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