Good news for intellectual property

“On Friday, a federal jury in Manhattan ruled in Yahoo’s favor in a long-running dispute with BMG (now combined with Sony Music in Sony BMG) over royalties. On Thursday, two members of Congress introduced a bill to cancel a looming increase in royalty rates for online radio stations, proposing instead to reduce the rates many webcasters pay. And on Wednesday, a federal judge in White Plains, NY, limited the royalties that songwriters could collect from online music services.”

“Lawyers, songs and money:A small victory for webcasters could be a big win for the rest of us.” By Jon Healey, LA Times May 1, 2007

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