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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.
Executive director of SoundExchange, which handles royalty payments for streaming music online, explains what artists and copyright owners need to do to get paid.
SoundExchange nonprofit collected $51 million in quarterly royalty payments from Webcasters, satellite radio, and cable music services. Why doesn't over-the-air radio pay?
SoundExchange has agreed to postpone a rate increase on Net radio stations and conduct talks. But the legal situation remains murky.
SoundExchange, the non-profit entity that collects royalty payments on behalf of musicians, opposes a new congressional effort to overturn fee increases.
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 Digital Media Association and SoundExchange, collectors of royalty fees for record labels, have reached an agreement that will save internet radio for the time being.
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.
Under pressure from fans of Internet radio, royalty-collection group SoundExchange will not raise royalty rates until the end of 2008, but the threat could still staunch the growth of Net radio.