Friday, March 01, 2002

Ravaging Radio
Net radio took a hit last week when the Copyright Royalty Arbitration Panel decreed that Webcasters pay a fixed fee per song per listener. That fee would be 0.07 cents if the song were simulcast on the radio -- and 0.14 cents if only broadcast online. The U.S. Copyright Office has yet to OK the decision, but if it goes through, it'll hit Web-only broadcasters especially hard -- quelling the development of online media... and cementing the future of traditional, mainstream, corporate media organizations that are already on the air... not just online.

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