Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose - If you’re a webcaster, you’ve got until February 2 to wrap up your annual SoundExchange homework.
Sigh. Every year brings us another year closer to death. It sure feels that way as we do our Webcaster Wake-Up Call for 2015 – the last year for the rates and terms set in the Webcasting III decision. (The rates and terms that will govern for the next five-year term, i.e., 2016-2020, will be set by the Copyright Royalty Board in the Webcasting IV proceeding it cranked up last year and is still pending.)
Since these rates and terms have been in existence for almost five years, I’m running out of ways to cleverly remind those engaged in non-interactive webcasting about their filing and payment obligations because, well, nothing has changed.
But even if the underlying substance hasn’t changed, I can still spiff it up with a new presentation, one that might help readers navigate the SoundExchange trails a bit more easily. So as we say an early goodbye to Webcasting III (though we didn’t think so, we may yet miss you!) and look forward (or not) to whatever the CRB may do to us in Webcasting IV, here’s a chart that provides about as stripped down a reminder as you can get of the various SoundExchange options.
Before you test-drive the chart, though, keep a couple of things in mind:Continue Reading...