Copyright Royalty Board sets slightly higher rates for pubcasters

By Dru Sefton

The Copyright Royalty Board of the Library of Congress has issued new regulations for pubcasting royalty rates from 2013 to 2017, reports Courthouse News Service. The federal Copyright Act requires the government to update its license terms for noncoms every five years.

PBS and NPR will pay slightly more across the board, in eight categories, to use musical compositions. For instance, PBS will pay $232.18, up from $227.58, for performance of a work in a feature presentation. NPR will pay $23.53, up from $23.07, for the same use.

College pubcasters will also see an increase in their annual fees. The smallest stations, at schools with fewer than 1,000 students, will pay $319 a year, increasing to $339 by 2016. The largest stations, schools with more than 20,000 students, will pay $822, rising to $872.

The new rates take effect in January.

Click here to read the new regulations.

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