us: Royalty fee ‘to damage net radio’

Hundreds of US net radio stations face potential closure from Monday when they will be expected to comply with a new royalties ruling for playing music. see:
Internet Radio Channels Face Fees
Beginning Sunday, stations face increase in royalty and broadcasting fees that triple current rates by 2010 and impose annual $500 fee per channel. clear way for higher Internet radio royalties
A federal appeals panel has declined to delay a substantial increase in royalties that Internet radio stations must pay for playing music, clearing the way for the rates to take effect Sunday.Webcasters had sought an emergency stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, arguing that the higher rates would drive many of them out of business.,1,1882153.story

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