June 4, 2009
Danielle Deabler, NPR
INTERNET MUSIC STREAMING FOR PUBLIC RADIO SYSTEM
PI WILL SERVE AS SOLE COLLECTION POINT FOR 450 PUBLIC RADIO WEBCASTERS, ENSURING ACCURATE PAYMENTS TO PERFORMERS, COPYRIGHT OWNERS
PI will serve as the central music stream reporting vehicle for all public radio streamers, including CPB supported stations, NPR, NPR member stations, National Federation of Community Broadcasters members, American Public Media (APM), the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and Public Radio International (PRI).
This consolidated approach is the first step to implementing the reporting obligations laid out in the ground-breaking SoundExchange Webcasting Performance Agreement struck between CPB and SoundExchange earlier this year http://cpb.org/pressroom/release.php?prn=699
The agreement, reached under the authority of the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 (H.R. 7080), set forth new terms for rates and reporting for Internet performance royalties to be paid to sound recording artists and copyright owners by non-commercial educational public radio organizations through the year 2010.
“This is an important step to make sure that we recognize the value of artists’ performances and compensate them fairly and accurately, while recognizing the unique mission of public radio to broaden the landscape of music available,” said Vivian Schiller, president and CEO of NPR.
“PI brings has the necessary knowledge of public radio, as well as the customer support and technical resources to handle the various database applications used in public radio,” says Debra May Hughes, VP for NPR’s Public Interactive. “We’ve also had direct experience developing a playlist application that is compliant with ASCAP and BMI reporting and experience in developing reporting for public radio’s national productions. This is a natural service for us to perform for the whole public radio community.”
Public radio stations will be able to take advantage of Public Interactive’s current playlist application, Composer, to create compatible reports or can upload their reports to a central web location for processing and delivery to SoundExchange.
Public Interactive will begin contacting stations immediately to initiate the new reporting process and to schedule webinars and system interconnects. The first round of reports is due to SoundExchange in mid-July.
About Public Interactive
In August 2008, NPR acquired Public Interactive from PRI who originally founded the organization 10 years ago to serve stations’ unmet online needs. PI was launched with support from a consortium of 15 public broadcasting licensees. For the past decade, its innovative suite of Web tools and services has revolutionized stations' online offerings. PI currently serves 170 subscribers who collectively operate 325 public radio and television stations; additionally, its clients include public radio and public television program producers such as "Car Talk," "The World," and "The Tavis Smiley Show." PI provides plug-and-play modules that enable broadcasters to offer rich websites at minimal cost and to undertake their own online initiatives, helping to strengthen public broadcasters relevance online. PI’s development and operations have historically been financed by a combination of fees from subscribing stations and support from such sources as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ford Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the PRI New Venture Revolving Fund. Public Interactive headquarters are located in Boston, MA. For more information visit www.publicinteractive.com