It appears that the uproar and protests following the US Copyright Royalty Board's new webcasting royalty rates has (as many expected) caught the attention of the Copyright Royalty Board, who will now hold hearings about the rates, allowing various parties to submit documents detailing their positions. Many who have gone through this process before have said that this is basically how the whole thing works. The Board comes out with ridiculous rates as requested by the RIAA... lots of folks protest, and the Board comes out with some agreement on lower rates. It's not clear how this is particularly efficient, but you don't expect efficiency from government agencies designated to manage protectionist laws.
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