Judges to webcasters: pay up
The Copyright Royalty Board decided not to postpone the May 15th implementation date, or to hear an appeal. The judges did agree to let webcasters temporarily calculate fees by average listening hours, rather than by each time a listener hears a song.
But that's not going to be enough to save many small and non-profit webcasters like Pandora, Last.fm and Radio Paradise who say the new rates could put them out of business. A coalition of internet broadcasters will continue to push Congress for intervention, but the chances of any action being taken before May 15th are slim.