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Internet Radio Enters Self-Imposed ‘Day of Silence’

Anticipating a spike in copyright royalties charged to Internet radio stations, San Diego-based X1FM is participating in a “day of silence” protest June 26.

On March 2, the Copyright Royalty Board of the Library of Congress, which oversees royalties paid for music played over radio stations, proposed an increase of between 300 percent and 1,200 percent on the royalties paid by Internet radio stations.

The royalty board allows parties to use multiple copyrighted works without obtaining separate licenses from each copyright owner.

X1FM released a statement saying the move would jeopardize the industry.

The proposed increase would be applied retroactively.

The day of silence is meant to demonstrate what may happen to Internet radio if the new royalty rates are implemented. Many Internet radio stations will cease streaming music June 26. An X1FM official said his station will shut down at 2 p.m.

Participants also include terrestrial radio stations that simulcast over the Web.

, Andy Killion

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