Copyright

Digital media trade association slams ASCAP royalty grab

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Digital Media Association Asks Court to Deny Music Publisher Double-Dip on Music, Movie and Television Downloads, says ASCAP proposal would impede online media innovation and harm consumers and copyright owners

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Save Internet Radio!

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UPDATE: Congressman Jay Inslee has introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act to rationalize net radio royalty fees, tying webcaster rates to similar fees paid by satellite radio and jukeboxes. The bill would also trigger a recalculation of rates for noncommercial webcasters. More info here and here.

This March, the music industry overlords at the RIAA succeeded in convincing the government to impose arbitrarily high royalty rates on Internet broadcasters. While the largest corporate-backed webcasters will be able to absorb the higher costs, the very survival of independent streams such as OSeaO and Soma.fm is threatened.

These new rates have little to do with supporting musicians and everything to do with corporate greed, and quashing grassroots broadcasting on the web. Visit SaveNetRadio.org for more information and to take action in support of Inslee's bill, and write to your Congressman directly.

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RIAA moves to squash Internet radio by charging high rates

Copyright decision may be death knell for independent webcasters

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Webcast royalty rate announced

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How the net turns code into politics

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The freedoms built in to the net are under attack like never before.

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Hip-hop DJs headed to court following Atlanta mix tape bust

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Police say men illegally copied, sold music

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Microsoft Mp3 player price includes music licensing fee

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Microsoft strikes deal for music

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Mark Cuban thinks Google is crazy

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Merger-watcher Cuban explores some copyright questions raised by the Google YouTube purchase.

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