Simson to Pandora ‘put ads in the stream’

Interview with John Simson, head of SoundExchange, the US organisation responsible for collecting royalties for music performed via non-terrestrial radio (web, satellite) and distributing those royalties to artists.

Context: in the US terrestrial radio broadcasters over AM and FM pay nothing in performance royalties (unlike the UK). Satellite radio stations XM and Sirius pay a percentage of revenue at about 6 or 7%. (Digital radio, via satellite. A different technology than DAB in Europe) Wikipedia: Satellite radio

SoundExchange reject a percentage of revenue model for webcasters and, following the CRB ruling, are seeking per-track revenues at rates which will put many webcasters out of business. Pandora would pay 70% of revenue. Previous coverage on this blog here. For others, royalty costs would exceed their revenues.

John Simson interview: webcasting and the future of radio

Video, 11 minutes

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