The Copyright Royalty Board's decision on 2 March to increase streaming copyright fees retroactive to 1/1/2006 is having a devastating impact on many web-based radio operations and a chilling effect on this demonstrably fast-growing medium for receiving audio entertainment. Not only are the fees themselves a problem, but the administration of the process could actually cost web broadcasters more than the fees themselves.
Here's some coverage:
Robert Levine's, A Fee Per Song Can Ruin Us, Internet Radio Companies Say. Link: New York Times.
SaveTheStreams.org has been organized by several streaming organizations.
Mark Ramsey makes an important point about further implications of this for broadcasters at, Why Radio should worry and worry hard about higher streaming rates. Link: hear2.0. This post also has some good links with additional information, especially the coverage at KurtHanson.com.
CRB Grants Motion Allowing For Possible Rehearing On Internet Royalty Rates. Link: FMQB. National Public Radio and others petitioned for the rehearing.
Finally, the Integrated Media Association sponsored a web conference on this yesterday to discuss the implications of this for public radio and will be posting the audio to its web site. Here's a link to the audio, but it may be moved.
Disclosure: I'm on the boards of both NPR and the IMA. --Dennis