SoundExchange Identifying and Reaching Out to Unregistered Streamers

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by

We recently became aware that SoundExchange, the entity responsible for collecting royalties for on air streaming of music, has begun to identify and contact radio broadcasters who are streaming their content online but do not appear to have registered with the Copyright Office or remitted license payments to SoundExchange.  For now, it appears that their outreach is designed more to elicit compliance than it is to punish, but it does have the power to seek out copyright infringers, including broadcasters.  If you are streaming your content online and are not registered with the Copyright Office or SoundExchange, you should contact your intellectual property counsel soon to determine your options.