Feeds

US judges reject net radio appeal

It isn't looking good

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Three hanging judges looks set to set to throw a noose around internet radio in the United States.

The Library of Congress' Copyright Royalty Board yesterday rejected an appeal by webcasters to review new rates for commercial webcasting. The Board also rejected a request to postpone the May 15 deadline for the introduction of the new royalty schedule.

Steep increases to the rate, last set in 2003, may force many webcasters to move or shut down their streams. Webcasters already pay publishing royalties to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. A coalition of webcasters ranging from small independents, to NPR and Yahoo!, requested that the rates be reduced. Other motions were submitted by the Digital Media Association (DiMA), and college broadcasters.

Monday saw the webcasters create a new group, The SaveNetRadio Coalition, to fight the proposals.

The CRB argued that no new evidence had been introduced by the motion to re-hear the case.

"The motions do not present the type of exceptional case that would warrant a rehearing or reconsideration," the Judges concluded.

The Judges, however, clarified two issues. They permitted the ATH measure, or Aggregate Tuning Hour, to be included in the new schedules, as well as the per-song royalty tariff. Most stations used ATH.

The Recording Industry Ass. of America, which has fought a successful campaign to hike the rates, welcomed the decision.®

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online
BBC asks fans to EXTERMINATE copies before they materialise
Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for
Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke plucked from (relative) obscurity
Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election
Ministerial alarm sets in over EU court's data retention ruling
ICO probes BBC after secret British army unit's info LEAKED
Panorama in the brown and smelly after losing confidential data
Analyst: Chinese buyers shunning IBM, EMC, Oracle and Cisco
Government nudging locals towards home-grown kit when possible
prev story

Whitepapers

How modern custom applications can spur business growth.
In this whitepaper learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem
Only the Power of One delivers leading infrastructure convergence, availability and scalability with federation, and agility through data center automation.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization
Virtualization continues to be one of the most effective ways to consolidate, reduce cost, and make data centers more efficient.
Build a Business Case: Developing Custom Apps
In this whitepaper learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.