K-12 radio stations that broadcast copyrighted music via the internet have gotten an extension on royalty payments that would have been due Oct. 20. The reprieve will temporarily spare small webcasters from having to pay per-performance royalties on songs played online.

However, small webcasters—including such non-commercial entities as schools—still must pay up to $2,500 each in retroactive fees dating back to 1998. The fees, which are due immediately, are in accordance with a July 8 ruling issued by the Librarian of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office.

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