According to Radio Paradise,
The US Copyright Office has released their new set of rates for the payment of royalties by Internet Radio, and they ignored all of the facts presented by webcasters (including Radio Paradise) and gave the record industry exactly what they asked for: royalty rates so high that they will put Radio Paradise and every other independent US webcaster out of business.Will this kill streaming radio over the Internet?
Daniel McSwain notes,
A "performance" is defined as the streaming of one song to one listener; thus a station that has an average audience of 500 listeners racks up 500 "performances" for each song it plays.Ouch. Sounds like the little guys are going to get squeezed out.
At least, I think that's what it sounds like...
I hope I'm wrong and really don't understand this...
Here's the official website of the Copyright Royalty Board.
A tip of the hat to Alan Wexelblat at Corante.