With Congress due to adjourn Sept. 26, lawmakers worked late on Sept. 25 to resolve a few high profile digital-entertainment issues, CNET reports. A "webcasting" bill was introduced in Congress that would allow SoundExchange, the body that collects royalties on behalf of the music industry, to reach a settlement on royalty rates with the Digital Media Association (DiMA) after Congress adjourns. And a separate bill on digital copyright was amended to avoid a presidential veto. SoundExchange and DiMA, which represents web radio stations such as Pandora, have been at odds over the fees charged to stream music. Sources close to the talks say the introduction of the webcasting bill signals the two sides are close to cutting a deal. The two sides need the government’s OK to reach an agreement because they’re after a statutory license, which gives web radio stations the right to stream any copyright songs they want, but also requires them to pay a negotiated rate. The bill would give the two sides until mid-December to cut a deal. Pandora and other webcasters fiercely object to a decision by the Copyright Royalty Board–a three-judge panel that sets rates for copyright statutory licenses–to double the current $.0008 price per stream by 2010. Another tech-related issue Congress acted on Sept. 25 was the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 14-4 vote earlier this month. President Bush indicated he might veto the proposed legislation because he opposes authorizing the U.S. Department of Justice to bring civil suits against file sharers. Since then, that part of the bill has been removed, and it is once again working its way through the Senate…

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