SDARS and PSS Royalty Rate Determinations Upheld

The Copyright Royalty Board sets royalty rates for Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services (SDARS) and Preexisting Subscription Services (PSS).  SoundExchange, a nonprofit performance rights organization, collects and distributes digital performance royalties to copyright owners.  SoundExchange appealed the rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board in 2013, arguing that the Board arbitrarily set SDARS and PSS rates too low.  Music Choice, a PSS, provides music-only television channels to its subscribers.  Music Choice argued that the Board arbitrary set PSS rates too high.  The Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, upheld the Board’s royalty rates determinations.

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