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PPCA responds to the COVID 19 crisis

Friday 20 March, 2020

The PPCA Board has moved to introduce an emergency special policy to provide one off advances ranging from $250 to $10,000 for PPCA Registered Artists suffering hardship as a result of the unanticipated decimation of the live music sector.
Registered artists will be invited to apply, and the amount available to them will be based on their average earnings under the PPCA Direct Artist Distribution Scheme over the last three years (2017, 2018 and 2019).

APRA AMCOS and PPCA simplify music licencing

Tuesday 10 September, 2019

In a joint initiative, APRA AMCOS and PPCA have launched OneMusic Australia offering joint public performance licences that will mean the end of separate licence agreements and invoices.
The new organisation will allow music users to more seamlessly meet their copyright obligations for the public performance of musical works, sound recordings and music videos.

Move over APRA and PPCA, blockchain encryption will do it better

Monday 05 November, 2018
Copyright collecting societies may be on their way out, as a new era of digital rights management looms.

Radio vs Music copyright dispute finally settled

Wednesday 20 July, 2016

The legal battle between the radio industry and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) over payments for online broadcast of music has been raging since 2009. 

The long running dispute has finally been settled with radio set to pay slightly more for simultaneous online broadcasts than it currently does for terrestrial.

Copyright Tribunal favours Commercial Radio in streaming case

Monday 02 May, 2016

For several years now, the commercial radio industry with its peak body Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) has been battling the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) over streaming rights.

The PPCA wanted to charge radio a significantly higher fee for playing recorded music streamed on the internet than what stations are currently paying for the same program broadcast on AM/FM or DAB+.

Streaming back on some regional stations

Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Stations in some key regional markets have turned their audio streams back on this week.

Larger markets such as Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Wollongong, Dubbo and Gelong are now back on the internet and their app streams.
Grant Broadcasting and SCA appear to have resumed in bigger markets.


New PPCA music licensing agreement for CBAA members

Wednesday 26 August, 2015

The CBAA has finalised a new PPCA music licensing agreement for CBAA members.

In addition to existing rights to broadcast sound recordings, the new licence includes an option for a simulcast licence if your station also streams its broadcasts online. The formatting of the PPCA licence has also been updated and modernised.

The CBAA member benefit regarding PPCA licensing continues under this new agreement, ensuring that CBAA members are provided with a lower rate for licence fees in comparison to a community radio broadcaster that isn't a CBAA member.

Online petition wants streaming back on

Saturday 16 August, 2014

A petition against increased fees being charged for radio station online streaming has gone live and is quickly gaining traction.

The petition states:

"For the past 11 months, many commercial radio stations, mostly in regional Australia have been forced to stop their online streaming activities.  This is because the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull has refused to implement the recommendations of the all Party Senate Environment and Communications References Committee made in July 2013.  

No news from Minister on media meeting

Friday 07 March, 2014

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with media company managers today, beginning a series of talks to discuss industry issues, particularly ownership regulation, which could potentially lead to further deregulatry actions.


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