Net radio gets 60 more days to fight fee hike

Web radio stations have 60 more days to try to reverse a ruling that many say will shutter thousands of Web radio broadcasters. A rate increase against Web broadcasters will not go into affect May 15, as expected. Instead Web broadcasters will have until July 15 to pay up. Web radio supporters see this as good news giving them more time to fight the rate hike.

The Copyright Royalty Board made a rule official on Tuesday that forces commercial Internet radio stations, regardless of their size, to pay a new, higher flat fee to the record labels each time a song is played. Because the final ruling on the rate increase was issued in May, not April as originally expected, by law the Web broadcaster do not have to pay until 45 days after the end of the month the rule is issued, according sources at the Copyright Royalty Board.

Royalty rates for Web-casters - starting retroactively at $0.0008 per song in 2006 will climb to $0.0019 per song in 2010. That nearly triple the amount of royalties Internet radio broadcasters pay to copyright holders for playing a song, says Jake Ward, spokesperson for SaveNetRadio.

Ward says Web broadcasters need this time to re-double their efforts to fight the rate increase. Ward and others are pinning their hopes on legislation that has been introduced to Congress that will nullify the CRB's rate hike.

"This Titanic rate increase is simply untenable for many Internet radio broadcasters," said U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.). Inslee and Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) filed the legislation last month that could reverse federal Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) rule issued May 2.

Ward says that the Inslee-Manzullo bill, called, Internet Radio Equality Act, has already received enormous support in Congress with 33 co-sponsors.

It's widely believed a similar companion bill will be introduced to the Senate by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) within weeks.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tom Spring

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?