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Copyright Office lets webcasters arbitrate rate

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 17 Jul 2001 14:06

U.S. Copyright Office declined RIAA's request not to allow certain webcasters to participate in rate-setting negotiations for future royalties webcasters have to pay to content owners, most notably RIAA.
Whole dispute began in May when RIAA sued Launch Media claiming Launch's LaunchCast webcasting service to be "too interactive" to fit within DMCA rules. As a counter-attack, group of webcasters sued RIAA trying to force the court to decide what means "too interactive" webcasting.

The Copyright Office, said in its order that "excluding these services...would run counter" to the Office's "determination that interactivity raises factual questions that 'must be made on a case-by-base basis after the development of a full evidentiary record.'"

source: Reuters & Webnoize

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