Dutch public broadcasters NPS, NOS, KRO and VPRO have received large copyright bills for podcasts that may contain music from the Dutch Association of Record Companies (NVPI) through the rights agency SENA. A number of podcasts have been or are now being taken off-line.
Broadcaster KRO said it has received a bill of over €10,000, while NPS is being billed for an amount that is said to exceed the its total Internet budget.
The record companies want €135 per podcast as a base fee, plus an unspecified sum per download. The broadcasters and record labels have been in discussion regarding compensation for music used in podcasted radio shows for sometime, and the labels starting to bill broadcasters seems to be a way to push these talks along.