The PPCA has won a court appeal that means radio stations will now pay additional royalties for online streaming.
The decision overturns an earlier ruling, made last year, which allowed radio stations to stream without paying extra royalties, because streaming was defined as a ‘simulcast’ of the station’s main program.
CRA’s Joan Warner has told radioinfo: “We are disappointed with the decision after winning the original case but it is too early to comment further as we are exploring all options.”
The new ruling declares that internet simulcasts of radio programs fall outside the definition of a “broadcast” under the Copyright Act and are therefore not covered by existing licences granted to Australian commercial radio stations.
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(Source : Radioinfo.com.au)