Radio vs Music copyright dispute finally settled

The legal battle between the radio industry and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) over payments for online broadcast of music has been raging since 2009. 

The long running dispute has finally been settled with radio set to pay slightly more for simultaneous online broadcasts than it currently does for terrestrial.

After a marathon seven year period both sides have been left exhausted and relieved that the legal battle is finally over. The case was heard in the High Court, Federal Court and had endured a number of government inquiries before the Copyright Tribunal finally made a determination regarding the terms of the royalty agreement.

“PPCA chief executive Dan Rosen told the Financial Review.“This is an important step in ensuring that labels and Australian recording artists receive a fair return for the online use by commercial radio stations of their valuable creative work.”

Commercial Radio Australia CEO, Joan Warner said, CRA and the PPCA have reached agreement in relation to the long standing simulcast matter. The industry is pleased that we can now move forward in a constructive  manner. 

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