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By Rosemary Pollock

Bonneville Joins Broadcasters in Suit Over Webcast Royalties

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Bonneville International, along with five other broadcasting companies in association with the National Association of Broadcasters, has filed a federal lawsuit that will seek a review of a December 11, 2000 ruling. Broadcasters are hoping to block a US Copyright Office ruling that says they must pay royalties for music that is played on AM/FM radio Internet simulcast broadcasts.

In a complaint filed on Thursday in a US District Court in Philadelphia, the NAB claims that the copyright office exceeded it's authority by issuing an "arbitrary, capricious" rule. The suit names Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights for US Copyright Office at the Library of Congress.

The ruling was welcomed by the recording industry, in light of the battles against Napster. But radio broadcasters already pay recording companies for playing copyright-protected music and the new royalties could cost the radio industry millions of dollars per year.

If the lawsuit is unsuccessful and the rule is left to stand the future of radio programming is at risk. The lawsuit filed by the NAB states, "[it would] wreak havoc with over-the-air broadcast radio formats and stifle the offer of streamed over-the-air radio broadcast programming over the Internet."

Bonneville International is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Broadcasters Sue Over Webcast Royalty Rule
Newsbytes 28Jan01 B4
By Dick Kelsey: Newsbytes


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