High school radio stations are used to operating on shoestring budgets. But new webcasting fees leveled by the Librarian of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office could force many school-sponsored, online radio programs to take their last requests.

In June, the U.S. Copyright Office announced that radio programs that stream copyrighted recordings over the internet must pay royalty fees to musicians and music labels. Although there is a minimum fee of $500 for smaller broadcasters, the fee system is retroactive to 1998. That means many K-12 stations could be asked to pay upwards of $2,000

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