internet radio negotiations hit snag
Accotding to this Blogcritics article, negotiations betyween the RIAA and small webcasters over royalty fees has apparently hit a snag: the RIAA seems to want a provision that royalty payments go directly to artists be changed so the payments first go through the RIAA ("through," of course, being misleading as it implies the payments will ever emerge from the record comanies...).
Under an agreement reached previously, royalty money would be distributed directly to musicians, rather than going through record companies, after lawyers' fees and other expenses were taken out. But while the new agreement states that legal fees will be taken out of royalties, it makes no guarantee that musicians will then be paid directly...
The negotiations sidetracked a recent House effort to delay the onset of the royalty payments.