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Stations that Stream Online May have to Scale Back

Some small stations say a panel’s decision to hike royalties may put them out of business.

— Video killed the , as the 1979 hit song goes, and now some fear an obscure group of copyright judges may be on the verge of killing .In a ruling made public Tuesday, the Copyright Royalty Board significantly increased the royalties paid to musicians and record for streaming digital songs online. The decision also ended a discounted fee for small Internet broadcasters. Broadcast that also stream their programs online, such as in Santa Monica, said they might have to scale back on webcasting, and operators of Internet-only said the new fees would probably force them to silent. [read whole story here]

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