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August 28, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
The Recording Industry Assn. of America, a trade group for music companies battling song swapping, was accused in an antitrust lawsuit of charging high fees to groups that broadcast music over the Internet. Webcaster Alliance Inc.
July 3, 2009 | Kristina Sherry
Broadcasters call the Performance Rights Act a tax. To the music industry, it's more like a royalty fee. But the legislation, which is gaining momentum in both the House and the Senate, is making radio stations nervous. For more than 80 years, commercial stations have aired songs without paying royalties to musicians.
June 23, 2005
I appreciated "The Undertones of the City" (June 16) on Internet radio station Dublab ( I'm a junior at Santa Monica High School, and I'm happy to see more non-mainstream news published in the L.A. Times. Articles on underground radio are definitely a way to reach out to future readers. Thanks. Roby Behrens Venice
October 20, 2004 | Eric Gwinn, Chicago Tribune
With all the recent hoopla over Howard Stern's announcement that he will take his shock-jock act to satellite radio, you'd think satellite is the biggest thing in radio since the transistor. Lost in all the "What does this mean for traditional radio?" analysis is that the satellite network competitors Sirius and XM are dwarfed by the quiet phenomenon of Internet radio.
July 13, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals panel has declined to delay a substantial increase in royalties that Internet radio stations must pay for playing music, clearing the way for the rates to take effect Sunday. Webcasters had sought an emergency stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, arguing that the higher rates would drive many of them out of business.
July 17, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
The songs remained the same on Internet radio Monday, as most stations continued to stream music while their representatives negotiated to lower a controversial royalty hike that took effect over the weekend. With talks progressing, SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalties for musicians and record companies, indicated to webcasters that it wouldn't seek immediate payment of the higher rates.
April 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback Monday when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists. A broad group of public and private broadcasters, including radio stations, small start-up companies, National Public Radio and major online sites like Yahoo Inc. and Time Warner Inc.'
January 28, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc., which runs a group of Internet sites used by 213 million people a month, said it settled a lawsuit with Sony Music Entertainment Inc. over its Internet radio service. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo said it would pay a one-time fee to Sony for prior use of the company's recordings on its Launchcast service. The companies also inked a licensing agreement. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Yahoo's Santa Monica-based Launch Media Inc.
April 10, 2009 | Tony Perry
A 73-year-old Bonita man was arrested Thursday and charged with posing as a doctor and selling phony, possibly dangerous, cancer cures. Kurt Walter Donsbach was arrested during his Internet radio show. One patient allegedly paid thousands of dollars for steroids supplied by Donsbach, leading to severe bone density loss. Donsbach is being held in San Diego County Jail on $1.5-million bail. "This defendant preyed on vulnerable patients," said Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. -- Tony Perry
January 20, 2005 | From Reuters
Clear Channel Communications Inc. said it converted three stations to a liberal talk format and this year could double to 44 the number of stations carrying such programming. After offering mostly conservative-leaning talk for the last decade, Clear Channel and other broadcasters are now embracing "progressive" talk to woo a listener base that is growing increasingly fragmented because of satellite, Internet radio and devices such as iPods.
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