Here's a Christian Science Monitor piece by James Turner on the countdown to James H. Billington's pending decision on the CARP webcasting rates:
Why Internet radio may fade.
Posted by Lisa at June 17, 2002 11:30 PM | TrackBack
The Librarian of Congress is usually not considered a magnet for controversy.
But on June 20th, the eyes of Internet broadcasters and music industry insiders will focus on James H. Billington as he decides what royalties Internet radio stations will pay to record labels.
Depending on how the rates are set, some insiders believe the announcement could put some Web broadcasters out of business.
The issue of Internet-radio royalties was first raised when Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in 1998. This law, intended to strengthen the copyright protections of digital media such as software and CDs, also required the recording industry to negotiate with Internet broadcasters to determine how much artists should be paid when their music is played on an Internet radio station.
The sides failed to reach an agreement, so Congress directed Mr. Billington to form a panel to set the rates.