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Archived updates for Thursday, December 02, 2004

New Musical Performance Royalty Rates for Educational Institutions

On December 1, 2004, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress announced a cost of living adjustment of 3.2% in the royalty rates paid by colleges, universities, or other nonprofit educational institutions that are not affiliated with National Public Radio for the use of copyrighted published nondramatic musical compositions in the BMI, ASCAP and SESAC repertoires.

Section 118 of the Copyright Act creates a compulsory license for the use of published nondramatic musical works and published pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works in connection with noncommercial broadcasting. Terms and rates for this compulsory license, applicable to parties who are not subject to privately negotiated licenses, are published in 37 CFR part 253 and are subject to adjustment at five-year intervals. 17 U.S.C. 118(c). Rounding off to the nearest dollar, the royalty rates for the use of musical compositions in the repertories of ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC are $262, $262, and $85, respectively, starting January 1, 2005.
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