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23-07-01 AOL launches new services Artist Discovery Network and Radio+AOL
America Online plans to introduce two new content services, which combined should attract nearly 25 million unique users a month. The services are music content portal the Artist Discovery Network and Radio+AOL. The Artist Discovery Network will include interviews, profiles and music clips from developing and non-mainstream artists form labels such as Elektra, DreamWorks, RCA, Priority and Warner Bros. Radio+AOL borrows 40 to 45 webradio channels from AOL's existing Spinner service and adds several new channels of original programming. The site will be available to members only.
19-07-01 Personalized webradio included in arbitration process on music royalties
Internet services allowing listeners to personalize webradio services will be included in an upcoming arbitration process on music royalties, despite objections of the recording industry. Web broadcasters, are in a continuing legal fight to secure the same royalty rights as other internet radio providers. At issue is whether personalized webradio that allows users to customize internet radio services should be eligible for compulsory licensing like traditional radio, or to negotiate individual, more expensive fees with the record labels. In a recent ruling, the Copyright Office said that the personalized webcasters should be allowed to participate in an upcoming federal arbitration process, rejecting a claim by the Recording Industry to exclude them.
12-07-01 David Bowie launches webradio for kids
David Bowie has launched a kids internet radio station, named Kick Out the Jammies. The station, Bowie's third webradio, will be available through his online community Bowienet. The idea for a kids radio station came to Bowie after the birth of his daughter Alexandria last August.
04-07-01 Webradio's sued by RIAA again
Webradio’s are being sued by the RIAA over their webcasts.again. Some webcasters are trying to give online users more choice in what they listen to by letting them select the genre and the style. Users cannot download songs for free or trade tracks with friends, but after winning their lawsuit against Napster, the RIAA feels confident that it also has a case against MTV and other webradio services that let users choose what they hear. The RIAA says that webcasters who provide more than a preprogrammed service, should have to pay more for those rights. Meanwhile, countersuits have been filed by webradio’s to see that independent distribution of music online is not being terminated. Webradio is a growing market. Research shows that 21% of young users (ages 16 to 24) are using online radio as their primary source of listening, up from 1% in 1998. Overall, 75.5 million in the US currently listen to online radio ststions.
26-06-01 Clear Channel to resume webcasting after solving ad problem; dispute with RIAA remains
Clear Channel Communications has signed a deal that will allow 250 of its radio stations to resume broadcasting over the internet. Clear Channel had stopped broadcasting over the web in April because of a dispute with recording artists and commercial actors, who wanted larger fees for radio ads that also run on internet radio stations. Clear Channel reached an agreement with Hiwire that will make it possible for Clear Channel stations to replace some national commercials with ads targeting internet markets only. This is done by uniquely identifying internet radio listeners and targeting them automatically with online-only audio ads. A separate dispute with the Recording Industry Association of America over song royalties has not been resolved.
04-06-01 Recording industry sues MTVi, MusicMatch and XACT Radio
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed copyright-infringement lawsuits against MTVi Group, MusicMatch and XACT Radio. Earlier Launch's Web radio service was targeted by the RIAA alledgedly because its service Launchcast contains interactive elements that are not covered under its licensing agreements with record labels. The new suits are in response to a motion filed on June 1 by the Digital Media Association (DiMA), whose members include the plaintiffs. The DiMA seek clarification of webradio licensing rules, while the RIAA contends that the interactive aspects of the sites continue to violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA). At issue is whether personalizing online music is the same as interactivity. Interactive music streaming services do not qualify for automatic webcasting licenses.
03-06-01 Launch files countersuit against recording industry
Several webcasters including Launch Media, MTV, MusicMatch and are suing the recording industry by filing a countersuit in a music licensing dispute they say threatens their future. The suit was filed in response to a lawsuit filed by the recording industry last week against Launch Media for allegedly failing to seek proper licenses for its personalized Web radio service. At issue is whether the web radio's that allow users to personalize their Internet radio services should be allowed to join the rest of the industry in a coming arbitration process that will set licensing fees for commercial music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently asked the US Copyright Office to disqualify certain Webcasters that offer personalized internet radio services from the royalty arbitration. Launch allows users to customize webradio stations based on their preferences. Last weekLaunch removed the radio service from its website in response to the suit and has entered into negotiations to resolve the dispute.
29-05-01 launches online radio
A program from for terrestrial radio stations is beginning to draw attention. The Syndicated Radio Program connects terrestrial radio stations with the power of webbased music content. provides format-specific content and services to listeners, under any radio station's brand and on its website. Stations that sign up for the service get access to frequently updated content, including music downloads, music-management tools, local music charts, e-commerce opportunities, event information and one-hour independent-artist radio shows.
22-05-01 Online music companies held up by unsolved royalty issues
Online music companies say publishers' demand for reproduction and performance royalties is holding up their business. The uncertainty over which royalties to pay and how much, is keeping new services from America Online, RealNetworks, Yahoo and all five of the major record labels on the sidelines, while the courts, federal copyright officials and Congress search for solutions. By law, songwriters have exclusive control over the rights to copy or publicly perform their works. Most songwriters delegate those rights to a music publisher, which relies on ASCAP, Fox and others to negotiate licenses, collect many of the royalties due and enforce copyrights. Three of the US performing-rights societies collect performance royalties amounting to a fraction of a cent per song played. Currently, more than $1.6 billion in royalty payments is collected each year. ASCAP, BMI and Sesac take in performance royalties when music is played on the radio or in public spaces. Online companies and record labels argue that the same dividing lines should apply for their music services. They say that when a consumer downloads a song, it is in fact a reproduction. When a consumer listens to a song from an online jukebox without saving a copy, it is a performance. The publishers' agencies, and some of the major publishers themselves, disagree. They contend that any commercial transmission over the internet constitutes a performance. This way, online music companies are being charged for two kinds of royalties on their interactive services, whether they offer downloadable songs or music on demand.
08-05-01 Musicmatch to enter webradio and webmusic arena
MusicMatch, maker of jukebox software for storing and playing music on a computer, has announced that it is starting a subscription radio service that will eventually let it sell digital songs over the internet. The new service, called Radio MX, will build on MusicMatch's existing radio feature that lets users create custom stations featuring music similar to their favorite artists. Radio MX will launch in a test form next Monday and will cost $5 a month, or $50 a year.
24-04-01 Copyright issues in the way of online radio stations
Major radio broadcasters find themselves dealing with copyright and performance issues as they bring their product online. Due to copyright issues, some major broadcast companies recently even desided to stop sending their radio signals over the internet, until the problems are sorted out. One dispute has put radio stations in between advertising agencies and the trade groups that represent actors and singers used in commercials as the actors have a provision in their contracts requiring that ad agencies pay an additional amount to performers if radio commercials are also broadcast on the internet. Therefore, broadcasters are now looking for ways that will enable them to remove regular radio ads and substitute them with internet-only commercials. Another issue involves royalty payments. Last year, the Copyright Office ruled that webradio’s must pay fees to the recording industry.
13-04-01 Web radio and RIAA take battle over royalties to court
On Wednesday, the recording industry and web radio stations proposed royalty rate levels with the US Copyright office ahead of scheduled arbitration hearings on the matter set to begin in July. The web radio’s, including such names as MTVI Group, Launch Media and MusicMatch, proposed royalty rates for streaming music that were 28 times lower than the rates proposed by the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA proposed that web radio’s pay a rate of four-tenths of one cent for each time they air a song on the internet, which is 28 times higher than the level offered by the web radio’s, who proposed .0015 dollars per listening hour.
21-02-01 Beck, David Gray, Travis feature on live radio album
Beck, David Gray and Travis appear on “Sounds Eclectic,” an upcoming compilation honoring one of the most influential radio shows in the US. The album is due April 3. "Sounds Eclectic" airs Saturday mornings on KCRW and on more than a dozen NPR stations across the country. The show is also broadcast online at and more than 6,000 hours of archived "Sound Eclectic" material can be heard at
27-01-01 Web radio stations legal action over webcasting fees
BCBS's Infinity Broadcasting and other radio station owners sued to overturn a US Copyright Office ruling that requires thousands of web broadcasters to pay fees for playing music. The broadcasters sued to overturn the decision that record companies are entitled to royalties when a station transmits music programming on a website. An arbitration panel will set the exact amount.
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