Court Refuses To Block Internet Radio Royalty Fees

Law360, New York (July 13, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to halt a royalty increase on Internet music broadcasters, which, beginning Sunday, will face royalty hikes of over 20% per year for the next three years.

In a brief order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the motion to postpone the new royalty rates, saying the issues raised by Web broadcasters did not satisfy its “stringent standards.”

After revisiting the current royalty rates, which expired at the end of 2005, the Copyright Royalty Board decided...
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