A panel of copyright judges has dismissed US webcasters’ appeal to re-consider the new online music royalty rates which were set last month by the US Copyright Royalty Board. The CRB controls the royalty rates for US music services. The only leniency offered to the
webcasters was a decision to put off the proposed change in the way fees are calculated – from an ‘average listening hours’ system to a ‘per-song, per-listener’ system – for a year. The change in the will itself also increase the amount of royalties webcasters will have to pay for music and sound recording rights. The webcasters can now appeal the matter to the US Court Of Appeals for the District Of Columbia Circuit, but that this will take at least a year.
See Law Updates April 2007 and http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=6361&red=y