Copyright Kerfuffle Contributes To More Bulgarian Radio Listeners The fee Bulgarian National Radio pays to air popular music quadrupled. So it started to play older songs whose copyrights had lapsed. Listenership is up 20 percent.

Copyright Kerfuffle Contributes To More Bulgarian Radio Listeners

Copyright Kerfuffle Contributes To More Bulgarian Radio Listeners

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The fee Bulgarian National Radio pays to air popular music quadrupled. So it started to play older songs whose copyrights had lapsed. Listenership is up 20 percent.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

UNIDENTIFIED SINGER: (Singing in foreign language).

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with the kind of musical interlude you'll hear if you tune into Bulgarian National Radio. A change in broadcast rights fees hit the Bulgarians hard. The price for playing popular, copyrighted songs from around the world quadrupled. So Bulgarian National Radio adapted, going back in time. It changed format to play songs with lapsed copyrights from before 1946. And listenership is up. It's MORNING EDITION.

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