Just in: Congress calls for a settlement roundtable today

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BY DANIEL MCSWAIN
The House Commerce Committee is calling on representatives from the webcast and recording industries to meet today to discuss a settlement that would provide ed markeyInternet radio operators with a workable alternative to the proposed CRB rates scheduled to go into effect Sunday, according to an article in the Hollywood Reporter.

Discussion between the two sides comes at the behest of Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) (pictured right), who has actively voiced concerns in Congress regarding the CRB’s disastrous effects on the webcast industry.

In a March hearing titled “The Future of Radio”, Markey, chairman of the House Commerce Committee’s Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee, called the CRB ruling “a body blow to many nascent Internet radio broadcasters and further exacerbates the marketplace imbalance between what different industries pay,” [previous RAIN coverage here].

According to the report in The Hollywood Reporter, “The Commerce Committee is usually seen as a less-hospitable venue than the house committee on energy and commerceJudiciary Committee. While the Judiciary Committee usually handles copyright matters, the Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the Internet.”

Facing a similar royalty deadline in 2002, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) forced a meeting between SoundExchange representatives and small webcasters, charging both sides to formulate a workable solution, a meeting which led to the creation and adoption of the Small Webcaster Settlement Act.

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