Copyright Royalty Board To Set New Mechanical Royalty Rate
January 30, 2008 at 5:31 AM (PT)
THE COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD, which set performance royalties for Internet radio last year that are still being disputed, is turning its attention to the question of mechanical royalties paid to publishers and songwriters whenever physical music products, downloads and ringtones are sold, reports WIRED.COM.
According to a letter sent by performing rights organization ASCAP boss MARILYN BERGMAN, this round of the overall fight for bigger slices of the diminishing music pie puts former and current enemies the RIAA and the DIGITAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION on the same side of the battle. Both apparently want to decrease the mechanical royalty. ASCAP, THE HARRY FOX AGENCY (which distributes mechanical royalties) and presumably all songwriters and publishers want it increased.