CRB’s ‘Web IV’ Decision is a Victory for Internet Radio, Music Fans and Music Creators

(Washington, D.C.)

– Gregory Alan Barnes, General Counsel to the Digital Media Association, issued the following statement in response to the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision regarding the royalties to be paid by webcasters for public performances of sound recordings from 2016-2020 (“Web IV”):

“We’re pleased with today’s decision and thank the judges for all of their hard work. In contrast to years past, today’s decision provides Internet radio services with much needed certainty and affords a reasonable set of royalties that will yield greater compensation for recording artists; while still allowing for new investment and innovation in the online radio industry.

This new investment, in turn, will lead to even more money being paid to music creators, enhanced consumer satisfaction, and a substantial increase in the viable number of musical outlets that allow emerging artists to connect with their adoring fans. It’s often said that Internet radio represents the next chapter in the music business. Today’s decision brings that one step closer to reality.”