The Death of Web Radio?

On April 16, the Copyright Royalty Board upheld its earlier decision to impose higher royalty rates on Webcasters. It also clarified that the ruling applies to cellular radio transmissions -- turning its prior decision into one that's very broad, and making Congressional involvement more likely.
Olga Kharif

On April 16, right in the midst of the NAB2007 broadcasters conference, the Copyright Royalty Board upheld its earlier decision to impose higher royalty rates on Web radio stations. The stations will have to cough up these royalty payments – 300% to 1,200% higher than the fees they are used to paying -- retroactively. Unless Congress gets involved, that will mean the death of many Web radio stations, whose revenues will fall short of these royalty payments.

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