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Listen.com settles with RIAA

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 11 Jun 2001 14:28

Listen.com announced that it will remove interactive elements from its streaming service and at the same time agreed to withdraw from lawsuit against RIAA.
This issue has been in the news in last weeks, because of different views of webcasters and RIAA. RIAA thinks that webcasters violate their existing streaming music licenses by offering too much interactivity for users. Webcasters in other hand see this as their main purpose in order to separate themselves from traditional radio broadcasters.

Of course in the end it's all about the money, RIAA wants to charge more from those webcasters who offer interactive elements that can effect to playlists. And webcasters obviously don't want to pay more. This -- as so many other issues -- problem is caused by unspecified laws in the U.S. Streaming agreement restricts webcasters to have interactive services, but it doesn't define what interactive means.

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