The agreement generally keeps the music publishing royalty status quo of 9.1 cents per song download, per song on a CD or other physical formats, 24 cents per ringtone, and the complex formula for subscription and streaming formats, but also adds 5 new categories:
- Paid Digital Music Locker Services providing on-demand streaming and downloads like those supplied by iTunes and Amazon, where music publishers will now get a mechanical royalty rate of 12% of revenue or 20.65% of total content cost, or 17 cents per subscriber, whichever is greater.
- Free Digital Music Locker Services that include a download purchase, music publishers will receive a mechanical royalty rate of 12% of revenue or 22% of total content cost, whichever is greater.
- A new term for a category called "Mixed Bundle" which could include a locker service, limited interactive service, download or ringtones combined with non-music product like a cell phone, consumer electronics device or Internet service would provide music publishers a royalty of 11.35% of revenue or 21% of total content cost, whichever is greater.
- Another new category called "Limited Interactive Service," which is when a subscription service offers a limited amount of music to a single genre or playlists that the user can access at a lower price, will pay publishers 10.5% of revenue, 21% of total cost, or 18 cents per subscriber, whichever is greater.
- And yet another new termed category called "Mixed Bundles," which is when a CD comes with a download, publishers see 11.35% of revenue or 21% of total content cost.
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