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New PPCA music licensing agreement for CBAA members

Helen Henry, 19th August 2015

The CBAA is pleased to announce that it has recently finalised a new PPCA music licensing agreement for CBAA members.

In addition to rights to broadcast sound recordings and transmit sound recordings as music on hold on your telephone systems, 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.

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

All stations will need to transition to the new licence and instructions on how to do this will be provided via a joint letter from the CBAA and PPCA soon. The licence will also be made available to download on the CBAA website along with answers to frequently asked questions. 

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On 13 February 2013, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) won a Federal Court case against the Commercial Radio Australia (CRA). The ruling in this case specifies that PPCA can seek licence fees from radio broadcasters for internet simulcasts.


The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and Commercial Radio Australia have reached a new agreement in regards to licensing royalties for audio content streamed online. This comes following the agreement that the CBAA reached with PPCA with regards to the community radio sector in 2015.


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