NPR motion for rehearing on new online royalty rates

The topic of the newly reconstituted royalty rates for cybercasting – Internet radio – has been covered here on Bluegrass Today a good bit, and generated some discussion in the reader comments to one of these posts as well.

For those with an interest in following this story, and what these new rates could mean for the future of “niche market” online radio, there are two pieces we found this morning that may be of interest.

First is an Associated Press piece from Seth Sutel, an AP business writer, which describes the formal challenge to the new Copyright Royalty Board fee structure which was filed on Monday (3/19). The filing was made in the names of National Public radio (NPR), The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Clear Channel Communications and a number of other industry groups involved in online music streaming.

The motions filed Monday covered relatively technical aspects of the ruling and mark the first of what is likely to be other legal challenges to the decision.

NPR said in its filing that it also intended, in due course, to appeal the overall decision by the copyright judges to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington.

Read the full AP article online.

Also of interest for those with a legal bent is the posting of the text of the NPR motion, which is available on their web site.

Some of our earlier posts on this topic:

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.