ENCO has integrated reporting for SoundExchange into its 5.1e and later versions of its digital automation system DAD.
SoundExchange collects and distributes royalties for performance of copyrighted materials from certain U.S.-based broadcasters.
Traditional radio broadcasters were exempted from coverage of their over-the-air signals by the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, non-interactive “Webcasters” – including original programs and retransmissions of FCC-licensed radio stations by aggregators – are obligated to pay royalties and file reports to SoundExchange for these performance rights, ENCO stated. The obligation also extends to broadcasters who are retransmitting their signal via satellite.
“The requirement for reporting could have been an onerous one for our clients who distribute content via the Web and satellite, and by building support for the SoundExchange report format directly into DAD, we’ve tried to make that part of the task as painless as possible,” said Don Backus, ENCO’s vice president of sales and marketing.
Support for SoundExchange reporting is a no-charge feature and is available to any DAD user under a technical support agreement.