Digital music ruling ends Apple’s threat to shut down iTunes

A panel of US judges has decided to freeze the amount of royalties paid to songwriters for tracks downloaded from the internet – halting Apple’s threat to close down its iTunes music store.Although the decision is not due to be made public until Monday, the Guardian understands that the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington has approved a 9.1 cent rate for songwriters on all physical and digital music sales in the US.

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