The U.S. Senate on Sept. 30 passed the Webcaster Settlement Act, legislation that lays the groundwork for internet radio stations to negotiate reduced royalty rates for the songs they stream over the web, reports CNET. The bill passed in the House of Representatives on Sept. 27 and is now headed to the White House, where President Bush is expected to sign it. "I'm relieved, optimistic, and grateful to our listeners," said Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora, a web radio station and music-suggestion engine. Webcasters have long complained that the royalty rate to stream music is too high for web radio


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