Under the federal Copyright Act, cable/satellite systems operators must pay license royalties to carry distant TV signals on their systems. Ultimately, the Copyright Royalty Board divides the royalties among those copyright owners who claim shares of the royalty fund. Stations that do not file claims by the deadline – Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm (EDT)- will not be able to collect royalties for carriage o
The Radio Music Licensing Committee has reached a settlement with SESAC ending almost three years of antitrust litigation brought by RMLC against the Performance Rights Organization (PRO). The settlement represents the first time in SESAC’s 85-year history with radio broadcasters that the PRO’s licensing fees will be subject to determination by a third-party arbitration panel.
Members of the Iowa Broadcasters Association have been invited to join members of the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) for a day of golf on August 14th at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny. For the past several years the INA Foundation has been holding this golf event and this year they have invited IBA radio/TV members to join them … helping to expand the impact and promote an atmosphere of goodhearted competition.
Mark Your Calendar…. Information and connection details for the July IBA/ RAB training webinar are available in the Station Member Services – Training section of the IBA web site. As an IBA member, this special webinar series is being offered free of charge. The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 23 at 10:00am CDT. These special RAB webinars are being offered through the Iowa Broadcasters Associa
From the IBA Washington Hotline… The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice announcing its second EEO audit for 2015. Letters to just over 100 radio (no TV stations were included in the current audit) went out on June 12 asking for evidence of their compliance with the FCC’s EEO rules. Many of the stations included on this list appear to be noncommercial broadcasters. In yesterday’s notice, the FCC released the
As summer and the 4th of July approaches, out of state fireworks vendors look to buy time on Iowa stations. The IBA Legal Hotline receives numerous calls each year asking if it is “legal” to advertise the sale of fireworks in Iowa. Under Iowa law it is a simple misdemeanor if anyone “offers for sale, exposes for sale, sells at retail, or uses or explodes any fireworks.” However, there is no statute in Iowa that pro
Mark Your Calendar… Information and connection details for the June IBA members only RAB Training Webinar are attached. As a member, this special webinar series is being offered free of charge. The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 11 at 10:00am CDT. These webinars are offered through the Iowa Broadcasters Association only to IBA member stations. The webinar will be archived for 7-days following the live p