Aussie Labels Lose Bid For Royalties On Web-Streamed Music

Law360, New York (February 16, 2012, 5:53 PM EST) -- An Australian court on Wednesday found that a licensing agreement did not permit record labels and musicians to recover extra royalty payments from the country’s radio stations for music streamed on the Internet in addition to radio broadcasts. 

Australian Federal Judge Lindsay Graeme Foster dismissed the case brought by Phonographic Performance Co. of Australia Ltd. — a national society representing the rights of music companies and musicians — against radio broadcasting interest group Commercial Radio Australia Ltd.

Judge Foster found that the CRA’s member stations were...
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