Record Label Waives Webcasting Royalties… For Now

from the it's-a-step dept

Artemis Records, an independent music label has announced that they will waive the royalty fees that online webcasters are supposed to pay them for a period of one year. While it sounds nice, it still seems like mostly a publicity stunt. Are webcasters really going to sit down and figure out and remove the fees from any Artemis Records they play? And despite the RIAA chiming in by saying that record labels can do whatever they want (they left out the “no matter how stupid we think it is” despite that being what they’re most likely thinking), I would imagine that the RIAA will still do whatever they can to keep collecting the fees. They just won’t pass them along to Artemis.

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