We have been covering the controversy over the rise in the royalties for all those who are providing an Internet radio service, whether they be over-the-air broadcasters streaming their signals on the Internet or pure webcasters whose stations are only available on the web. Our previous postings on the topic can be found here. Today, National Public Radio’s program, On the Media, is airing an interview that they did with me on this topic. You can listen to the Interview, here.
A number of major media sources are doing stories on the impact of these royalties on small webcasters. The Wall Street Journal yesterday ran a story focusing on the impact on the royalties on small webcaster, WOXY. That story can be found here (subscription required for full story). The Boston Globe also ran a story focusing on two Boston area webcasters. As those stories set forth, while all webcasters are hit hard by the royalty, small independent webcasters face the most immediate crisis, as their royalty obligations will exceed their total revenues. The first royalty payment under the new royalty rates is due on May 15, so the clock is ticking for these webcasters.
Requests for rehearing to be filed with the Copyright Royalty Board will be filed on Monday, so coverage of this story will continue.