New Net Radio Royalty Compromise Sorta Finished, Sorta Sucks

After being saved by a near-miraculous act of Congress » 11/06/08 8:40pm 11/06/08 8:40pm, net radio operators are busy negotiating new rates with royalty-collection mobsters SoundExchange that hopefully won't put them out of business. Pandora CEO Tim Westergren says that while the final deal isn't expected until next year, “the hard stuff has been…

Pandora and Other Webcasters Saved by Act of Congress

Today the otherwise preoccupied Senate quickly passed the Webcaster Settlement Act » 9/30/08 7:50pm 9/30/08 7:50pm many of you petitioned for, granting Pandora and other net radio services the right to negotiate royalties with the record industry's SoundExchange coalition for the years 2006 to 2015. OK, that's a mouthful—what it means is, they will…

Pandora, Nearing Survival Deal, Gets New Threat From NAB

CNet earlier today broke a story » 9/26/08 7:16pm 9/26/08 7:16pm about how the National Association of Broadcasters—traditional broadcasting conglomerates and others who think HD Radio is more vital than the internet—is trying to kill a brand new bill that could save Pandora and other web radio services. We've done some reporting of our own, and the…

SoundExchange Possibly Overstepping Its Bounds With Illegal Lobbying

It looks like internet radio's favorite fee-collection organization, SoundExchange, might be playing hard and fast with legal limits on how it can spend collected money. Not on the list of three kosher uses (full legal mumbo-jumbo post-jump) is lobbying and PR. But Listening Post's Eliot Van Buskirk noticed that it… » 8/06/07 11:25am 8/06/07 11:25am

SoundExchange Collects Internet Radio Royalties for Every Artist, Even…

Amidst the uproar over the egregious royalty rate hike for internet radio stations, engineered by RIAA-spinoff SoundExchange and handed down by the Copyright Royalty Board, we missed a detail we should have noticed. Some commenters suggested simply listening to music under non-restrictive licenses. But apparently that » 4/29/07 3:45pm 4/29/07 3:45pm

Pandora Co-Founder Gives Two Reasons Why Royalty Decision Sucks

We asked Pandora's co-founder, Tim Westergren, if he would like to discuss the decision of the Library of Congress's Copyright Royalty Board to uphold its decision to charge new crippling rates to Web-based broadcasters like Pandora. Tim responded: "I think there are two main points that would be great to make, both… » 4/17/07 7:00pm 4/17/07 7:00pm

Internet Radio Rebellion Crushed: CRB Upholds Royalty Rate Hike

NPR's and other webcasters' efforts to roll back the crippling royalty rate hike for Internet radio stations have been gutted. A panel of judges at the Copyright Royalty Board denied their appeal, holding up "the original CRB decision in every respect," though a slight reprieve was granted in allowing stations to pay… » 4/17/07 10:00am 4/17/07 10:00am

NPR Says F$%! the RIAA, Albeit in an Erudite, Strongly Worded Letter…

NPR isn't taking too kindly to the Sound Exchange-drafted royalty rate hike for internet radio stations. The burn? The new rates are "at least 20 times more than what stations have paid in the past" and treats public radio "as if [it] were commercial radio," though it's unable to bring in extra revenue to meet higher… » 3/15/07 11:30am 3/15/07 11:30am