VerStandig Broadcasting Asks Court To Apply 150-Mile Radio Royalty Exception To Geo-Fenced Internet Streams
May 2, 2014 at 4:53 AM (PT)
VERSTANDIG BROADCASTING is suing SOUNDEXCHANGE in U.S. District Court for the Western District of VIRGINIA for declaratory judgment, asserting that the 150-mile exemption to the Copyright Act allowing broadcast AM/FM stations not to have to pay royalties to copyright owners of sound recordings should apply to "geo-fenced" Internet streams that do not extend beyond 150 miles as well.
VERSTANDIG's suit says that the company's HARRISONBURG, VA cluster has explained its intention to geo-fence its streams to SOUNDEXCHANGE, but that SOUNDEXCHANGE told it that it would owe royalties anyway. The suit seeks declaratory judgment that the exemption applies to the restricted streams as well.