[JPL] Royalty-Rate Hike Alarms Web Broadcasters

Lazaro Vega wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 17:29:09 EST 2007


"The rates also hit public radio stations like those affiliated with
National Public Radio, which has been charging hard into online music.
The public-radio stations were previously allowed to pay a flat fee
under a separate negotiation with the music industry association. Now
the stations will be subject to the new rates, after a small number of
exempted hours of streamed music.

"NPR is consulting with the public-radio community to determine what
steps must be taken to reverse this decision and its dire consequences
on public service media," says spokeswoman Andi Sporkin."

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