The Associated Press filed a report tonight saying a wide array of broadcasters and online companies announced they were formally challenging this month's new ruling on copyright royalties which, if allowed, would cripple the emerging business of music broadcasts over the Internet.
It's a good sign broadcasters -- big and small -- are jointly stepping up with webcasters to defend their positions on streaming and not simply rolling over.
According to AP:
Clear Channel Communications Inc., National Public Radio, and groups representing both large and small companies providing music broadcasts online were among those asking the Copyright Royalty Board to reconsider key parts of its March 2 ruling.That agreement (the Digital Millenium Copyright Act) set today's Digital Rights Management guidelines.
That ruling, the challenging parties say, would greatly increase the amount of royalties that online music broadcasters would have to pay to record labels and performers as well as put unreasonable demands on them to track how many songs were listened to by exactly how many individuals online.
The royalties in question only apply to digital transmissions of music, such as through Web sites, and are paid to the performers of songs and record labels. Webcasters also pay additional royalties to the composers and publishers of music, similar to those also paid by over-the-air broadcasters.
Digital performance rights were originally granted to record companies in 1995, in part with the intention of protecting them against the possibility that digital transmissions could erode the sales of CDs.
The new rules, if implemented, threaten the viability of legally-streamed music radio stations over the web -- both repeaters from traditional broadcasters as well as pure new media netcasters. Click here to see how you can help "save music streaming".
Meanwhile, web streamer Kurt Hanson of AccuRadio weighs in on the issue here.
Let's see what happens...
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Monday, March 19, 2007,
- At 2:39 PM, William said...
Ironic that you posted a DMCA Copyright image that is leached from another site (im1.com). I am certain you did not get permission to use it, as I created the image you are using. You should remove it.
- At 10:15 PM, KennedyCS said...
The Jointblog is a Creative Commons supporter giving credit to the authors and creators of content found elsewhere, when ownership is known and confirmed. Likewise, our custom content is useable with proper due credit. As noted in the post, links and association credit were provided with the quoted sections. If you are indeed the creator of the graphic you mention (which I cannot confirm), the Jointblog would be glad to give you credit.