Music Choice Reaches Royalty Agreement

Apr 25, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Music Choice announced a joint settlement with the RIAA, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and American Federation of Musicians (AFM) for royalty rates and terms through 2007; the agreement covers the time period of January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2007.

Music Choice provides cable and satellite customers with 54 channels of commercial-free, CD-quality music 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Horsham, Pa., the service is a partnership among subsidiaries of Microsoft, Motorola, Sony Corporation of America, Warner Music Group, EMI Music, Adelphia Cable Communications, Comcast Cable Communications, AT&T Broadban, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable.

Also joining in the settlement were other cable/satellite music-subscription services, DMX Music and Muzak. The agreement—submitted as a petition to the U.S. Copyright Office, which must officially ratify the terms—was recently published in the Federal Register. The organization SoundExchange will be responsible for collecting royalties from these digital music channels and distributing them to artists, record companies and other copyright holders.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the music industry groups that provides us with license terms and avoids costly and time-consuming arbitration," said David J. Del Beccaro, president and CEO of Music Choice.

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