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SWCast was five years late paying royalties, so by waving the DMCA before its ISP, SoundExchange was successful in taking the Webcaster offline.
The lawsuit accuses the satellite radio company of not paying royalties for music it plays that was recorded before 1972 when federal protections kicked in.
The 125 artists who signed the letter, including 40 Grammy winners, say they're "big fans" of Pandora but don't want it to cut their royalty payments.
The milestone reflects the industry expansion and growing popularity of Internet radio and other digital music services.
Because of a rise in royalty rates paid to musicians, all new subscribers to the streaming music service's premium option will have to pay a dollar more per month than existing users.
Pandora cofounder Tim Westergren takes to company's blog to make case government should save the day for his business. Does the government belong in a business dispute?
Executive director of SoundExchange, which handles royalty payments for streaming music online, explains what artists and copyright owners need to do to get paid.
Pandora, the online radio station and music recommendation service, went public today and investors were getting frothy. But the company has too little going for it to justify investment.
A music industry group has announced a deal with two dozen "small" Net radio outfits that freezes the fees they owe through 2010, but some say the terms are too restrictive to support.
Large Webcasters and the music industry are butting heads over a compromise to heightened fees that would require Net radio operators to implement anti-streamripping technology.