Feeds

Apple royalty skirmish ends in stalemate

iTunes shutdown threats no more

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Apple's fight against paying songwriters has ended in a stalemate today.

The US Copyright Royalty Board rejected raising online royalty rates for song publishers — effectively ending Apple's threats that it would shut down iTunes if the song composer share was increased from 9 cents per song to 15 cents.

The rate has now been frozen at 9.1 cents per download for the next five years. CRB also established for the fist time a royalty rate for ringtone purchases at 24 cents per purchase.

Apple, along with the Digital Media Association (DiMA) and Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) had been pushing for a reduction to only 4.8 cents a track, or 6 per cent of "applicable revenues."

Apple pays about 70 cents on the dollar to record labels, which in turn pays 9 cents to music publishers who hold the copyright for the music.

Although Apple has overtaken Wal-Mart as the top US music retailer this year, the company claims profits from music downloads are slim.

Happy not have lost their shirts to a pro-Apple decision, the National Music Publishers Association said the ruling was a positive for songwriters and music publishers.

These events will bring clarity and order to an environment that for the past decade has been hampered by litigation and uncertainty on all sides," said NMPA chief, David Israelite in a statement.

The sentiment seems to be consistent across the table.

"We're pleased with with CRB's decision to keep royalty rates stable," Apple wrote in a statement. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.