Royalties Fee FAQ
PPL IS A SIGNATORY TO THE IFPI RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS FOR WEBCASTING AND SIMULCASTING AND IS ABLE TO OFFER MULTI-TERRITORY LICENCES FOR STREAMED, NON-DOWNLOADABLE AND NON-INTERACTIVE ONLINE RADIO SERVICES.
WHAT LICENSE DO I NEED?
MANY RADIO SERVICES NOW BROADCAST ONLINE, WHETHER AS A SIMULCAST OF AN AM/FM, DAB BROADCAST OR AS AN ONLINE-ONLY SERVICE, AND ARE REQUIRED TO PAY ROYALTY FEES IN ORDER TO INCLUDE COMMERCIAL SOUND RECORDINGS IN THEIR BROADCAST.
The PPL licensing scheme for non-interactive online radio services is based on a rate-per-track-per-stream model whereby every time one user streams one sound recording broadcast in the service, the rate is applied and the licence fees accumulate.
The 2011 rate-per-track-per-stream for non-interactive online radio services is £0.00058 sterling. Normally the licensee is required to pay an advance upon commencement of the licence (normally £250 or more and then each subsequent licence year) that is then applied against the cumulative licence fees.
There are two PPL online radio licences available – the PPL Small Webcaster Licence for small-scale services (hobbyists etc which Web Radio World provides for.), and the PPL Standard Webcaster Licence. Both licences are based on the same rate-per-track-per-stream licence model as outlined above, but the level of advance and reporting requirements differ slightly between agreements.