ESESSION ENHANCES SITE
New additions to the Web-based collaborative music recording/mixing/project management eSessions include 128-bit SSL-encryption layer for the site's file-transfer mechanism that protects files as they move across the Internet; an easy-to-use online signup form; a streamlined workflow; a Client Invoice/Escrow Bin; and a new version of eChart that allows users to create simple chord charts of their work.
SOUNDEXCHANGE ANNOUNCES CAP
SoundExchange has reached an agreement with several large Webcasters regarding a proposed cap on the minimum fee charged against royalties for sound recordings played on Internet radio; the minimum cap is now $50,000 per service. Recently enacted regulations by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) require each Webcasting service to pay a $500 minimum fee “per station or channel,” regardless of the overall number of station/channels they are streaming.
The agreement also calls for census reporting (i.e., reporting all tracks played by a service as opposed to a sampling) and cooperation on discussion and assessment of anti-stream-ripping technologies. There is no requirement that any of the services implement any particular technology nor that they develop or accept from a third party a particular technology.