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NPR fights back, seeks rehearing on Internet radio royalty increases (Ars Technica)



    "The new rates inexplicably break with the longstanding tradition of recognizing public radio's non-commercial, non-profit role, while the procedures we're being asked to now undertake for measurement are non-existent, arbitrary and costly," said NPR's vice president for communications, Andi Sporkin, in a statement. "In its decision, the Board has attempted to equate public radio with commercial radio, which we are not. Instead, public radio is driven by a public service mission on behalf of underserved and unserved audiences; in our internet music efforts, those audiences include both listeners and the music community that seeks public radio to reach those listeners. We hope the Board will reconsider."


Pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter.



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I agree as well. Amid a bunch of things that bother me about the webcast royalties, the thing that absolutely bothers me the most is that the fees can be retroactively charged back to 2006. That is absolute garbage. And, the mechanism by which they are determining the fees seems ill defined. The ruling itself is ridiculous enough on its own. The retroactive fees are just piling on the idiocy.




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If we have to pay for it, they have to as well.



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