DiMA, NPR, Small Webcasters File For Emergency Stay Of CRB Rates
May 30, 2007 at 12:58 PM (PT)
An emergency stay filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit could delay the looming "D-Day" for Internet radio. The motion, filed by the DIGITAL MEDIA ASSN. (DiMA) in conjunction with NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (NPR) and the SMALL COMMERCIAL WEBCASTERS group, formally requests that the court delay the implementation of the recording royalty rate increase imposed by the COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD (CRB). Legislation that would repeal the rate increase is pending in the Senate and the House, but may not be brought to a vote in either chamber before JULY 15, the day the first payments for the newly increased rates for webcasters are due.
July 15, D-Day for Internet radio, is fast approaching ...
"JULY 15, D-Day for Internet radio, is fast approaching," SAVENETRADIO spokesman JAKE WARD said, "and we are hopeful that today's motion for an emergency stay will afford the Internet radio industry crucial time to rehear this case. We have every confidence that Congress will continue to give the Internet Radio Equality Act the attention it deserves with the urgency it requires, as evidenced by the over 100 cosponsors who have signed on H.R. 2060 since its APRIL 26 introduction. SAVENETRADIO and the millions of webcasters, artists and listeners we represent urge the court to give this motion full consideration."