increased the fees webcasters
had to pay record labels through its
It has come to our attention that several popular webcasters
are willfully violating their statutory internet broadcasting licenses by distributing digital content as an interactive download service and by ignoring their statutory obligations under the law.
They focus on leading webcasters
in leading broadband markets to analyze the trends where the technology and economics make the media easiest to start and operate.
Under the Small Webcaster
Settlement Act of 2002, small commercial webcasters
reached an agreement with copyright owners that included the option of paying royalties for the period of October 28, 1998, to December 31, 2004, on the basis of a percentage of their revenues, expenses, a combination of both, or a minimum fee rather than paying the royalty rates set by the Librarian of Congress.
Like other new industries, Webcasters
are venturing into a somewhat ungoverned territory.
to reduce the royalty payments Webcasters
must pay to the recording industry, arguing that the proposed rates are still too high.
were last week due to start payments to the artists and record labels whose songs they use, but smaller operators will now only have to pay a maximum of $2,500 rather than a per-song rate that could add up to tens of thousands of dollars more.
The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) hail the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) decision setting the payment terms that will govern webcasters
when they use music on radio-style Internet programs.
The Finnish new media contents provider Alma Media and Webcasters
Oy, a subsidiary of the TV productions company Broadcasters Oy, have decided to form a joint company for new media content production.
In an effort to unite the more than 2,000 Webcasters
around the world, Peggy Miles, president of Internet broadcasting and digital consulting firm InterVox Communications, spearheaded the founding of The International Webcasters
Announced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual conference, the powerful suite now features eMCee, an application that allows webcasters
and advertisers to poll viewers about content and their related interests and preferences during the event.
Facts Show Webcasters
Dominated by 10 Large Companies; Small Webcasters
Used as Smokescreen to Promote Rate Rollback