On 13 February 2013, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) won a Federal Court case against the Commercial Radio Australia (CRA). The ruling in this case specifies that PPCA can seek licence fees from radio broadcasters for internet simulcasts.
Current PPCA sound recording agreements cover traditional broadcasts over the radiofrequency spectrum. An industry agreement between the PPCA and the CBAA means that current PPCA broadcast fees for CBAA member stations are invoiced at a discounted rate and collected on behalf of the PPCA by the CBAA.
PPCA sound recording broadcast agreements with community broadcasters will remain in place until any new agreement is negotiated. There have been reports in the media that some commercial stations have shut down streaming. This is a response by an individual station and has no bearing on the community broadcasting sector. We have confirmed with the PPCA that CBAA members who are currently streaming can continue to do so while the CBAA and PPCA are discussing the terms of a simulcast licence for CBAA members, should one be required.
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