Overview Edit

SoundExchange is a non-profit, performance rights organization (PRO) established by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was originally a division of the RIAA and later spun off as an independent entity

SoundExchange negotiates and administers licenses and royalties for the public performance of the sound recording for digital transmissions, such as satellite radio and Internet radio. SoundExchange represents record companies, featured musicians and performers, and other copyright holders of sound recordings.

The organization has attracted criticism for applying to the Copyright Office to set disproportionately high royalty rates on Internet radio as compared to satellite and terrestrial services, leading some Internet broadcasters to cease operations.

External resources Edit

  • Glenn Peoples, "SoundExchange Distributes Record $153 Million in Q3, Celebrates 10‐Year Anniversary," Billboard (Oct. 4, 2014) (full-text).

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