26 July 2005

dutch podcasting prices

p2pnet.net News:- BUMA/STEMRA, the Dutch collection organisation for composers, lyricists and music publishers, has come up with licensing rates for podcasting.

The license structure looks much like that for webcasting, of which the organisation thinks podcasting is a comparable form. Commercial podcasters will have to pay a minimum of 85 euros (about $103 at the time of writing), and amateurs can get a license for 35 euros (about $42) per month for an unlimited number of podcasts. The rate for amateurs seems rather high, though, coming to 420 euros (about $509) per year. And other collection organisations might set their own, additional rates.

BUMA/STEMRA says it will trust podcasters to notify the organisation about podcasts that include music, and pay the set rate. But if enforcement of this license system follows in the future, how many amateur podcasters will stop playing music (and promoting the musicians they plug? Are amateur podcasts set to become the new talk radio? Or will amateurs start to pick up the instruments themselves?

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