Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback April 16 when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists, CNN.com reports. A broad group of public and private broadcasters had objected to the new royalties set March 2, saying they would force a drastic cutback in services that are now enjoyed by some 50 million people. In its April 16 ruling, the Copyright Royalty Board judges denied all motions for rehearing and also declined to postpone a May 15 deadline by which the new royalties will have to be collected. However, they did grant leniency on one point, allowing webcasters to calculate fees by average listening hours, as they had been, instead of the new system of charging a royalty each time every song is heard by an online listener. That exemption counts for last year and this year. After that, the new per-song, per-listener fee structure goes into effect…

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/04/17/internetradio.ap/index.html

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