Radio = Spquare Peg, Internet = Round Hole

A panel of judges at the Copyright Royalty Board has denied a request from the NPR and a number of other webcasters to reconsider a March ruling that would force Internet radio services to pay crippling royalties. The panel’s ruling reaffirmed the original CRB decision in every respect, with the exception of how the royalties will be calculated. Instead of charging a royalty for each time a song is heard by a listener online, Internet broadcasters will be able pay royalties based on average listening hours through the end of 2008.

Read this item from Ars Technica and a similar article from the BBC. More from the Read/Write Web and discussion at MetaFilter.

Previously from WNM: RIAA fee increase effectively ends free Internet Radio

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