In a letter to Congress, the civil rights group asks that lawmakers vote no on legislation designed to cut the rates paid by Pandora and other Webcasters to artists -- some of whom are elderly Motown performers who weren't compensated fairly for their original work.
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Universal Music Group and interactive audio company RadioWave have inked a radio programming and distribution deal for several of Universal's record labels and artists, according to the companies. Under the deal, RadioWave said it will produce, host and distribute online radio programs that feature music from the Motown, Verve, Cash Money, Universal Classics, Universal Records and MCA labels. Music fans can access the programs through Universal-affiliated Web sites or through Web-based, label-branded players produced by RadioWave. The companies added that Motown Radio and Verve Radio will be syndicated throughout the RadioWave Network, which includes Rolling Stone Radio, MSN Chat Radio, Artistdirect Radio, RadioFreeCash and the Susquehanna Radio's broadcast station group. Last year, Britain's EMI Recorded Music teamed with RadioWave to produce Internet radio channels.
Universal Music Group said it has inked a deal with Laugh.com, a provider of comedy content over the Internet, to provide comedy titles from Universal's catalog. Under the deal, Universal's sound recordings will be streamed on demand to comedy fans of Laugh.com's service, which provides people with unlimited access to comedy skits and performances via the Web. The licensed titles to be featured include The Jerky Boys, Richard Pryor and Dennis Leary. Pacific Grove, Calif.-based Laugh.com was launched in March with a group of comedians, including George Carlin and Jonathan Winters. Universal, a unit of Vivendi Universal, comprises record labels such as MCA Records, Motown Records and A&M Records.