College Stations Alarmed as Librarian of Congress Sets Rates for Broadcasting Music Online

Dan Carnevale, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jun 21, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As this story reports, the Librarian of Congress's decision regarding fees to be paid for webcast music is likely to drive most college radio stations off the internet. "A typical station that plays about 15 songs per hour and has an average of 20 online listeners might pay about $2,000 a year." That doesn't sound like much - but what radio station has 20 listeners? The rate is equivalent to charging $100 per listener, and this is a rate that even commercial radio stations would be hard pressed to meet, much less non-profit college stations.
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