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Smackdown… And the Demise of Internet Radio?

Says Judge Lee R. West:

…copyright law ultimately serves the purpose of enriching the general public through access to creative works, it is peculiarly important that the boundaries of copyright law be demarcated as clearly as possible.

What an unusual thought! In Capitol v. Foster, Judge Lee R. West has reaffirmed his decision that Ms. Foster is entitled to be reimbursed by the RIAA plaintiffs for her attorneys fees, rejecting the RIAA’s Motion for “Reconsideration.” Some quotes here.

I feel quite strongly about the recording industry throwing their weight around in this way, and I think that if I had to do it over again, I would go into intellecutal property law today.

On a different note (but not entirely different), the Copyright Royalty Board has increased Internet radio’s royalty burden between 300 and 1200 percent. Unlike commercial radio stations, Internet radio is a primary outlet for independent labels and artists. These new rates will go into effect May 15 (retroactive to January 1, 2006) and will cause, most likely, the demise of many Internet radio operations. If you like Internet radio, hurry and send a message to your representative. You can do it from here.


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