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Friday, October 24, 2003
 


The decision to force stationst to pay royalties on webcasts (which they don't have to pay on broadcasts) has been upheld in it's first appeal.

"...An arbitration panel proposed rates of $1.40 a song heard by 1,000 listeners, an amount halved by the Copyright Office in June. Under a settlement awaiting Congressional approval, smaller webcasters could calculate payments based on their earnings, or expenditures".

This kind of extremem industry protection can only result in a lack of competitiveness on the global level. I'm really looking forward to the day when some enterprising Indian decides he can do the labels' job - better, and cheaper. Oh, wait - the RIAA will just have imported music banned.

-- umair // 4:47 AM //


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