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Issue 376 - August 14, 2009   

Copyright Office Publishes Notification of Agreements under the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009

The Copyright Office is publishing four agreements that set rates and terms for the reproduction and performance of sound recordings made by certain webcasters under two statutory licenses. Webcasters who meet the eligibility requirements may choose to operate under the statutory licenses in accordance with the rates and terms set forth in the agreements rather than the rates and terms of any determination by the Copyright Royalty Judges. The four agreements are entitled “Agreed Rates and Terms for Webcasts by Commercial Webcasters”; “Agreed Rates and Terms for Noncommercial Educational Webcasters”; “Agreement Concerning Rates and Terms for Public Radio”; and “Agreed Rates and Terms for Noncommercial Webcasters.” Each is included in the Federal Register announcement, but they will not be codified in the Code of Federal Regulations.

The Copyright Office has no responsibility for administering the rates and terms of the agreements beyond the publication of the notice. For this reason, questions regarding the rates and terms set forth in the agreements should be directed to SoundExchange. Go to www.soundexchange.com for contact information.

For further information, go to the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov. (Read more.)


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