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Stations that Stream Online May have to Scale Back

Some small stations say a panel’s decision to hike music may put them out of business.

killed the , as the 1979 hit song goes, and now some fear an obscure group of copyright judges may be on the verge of killing Internet radio.In a ruling made public Tuesday, the significantly increased the royalties paid to musicians and for streaming digital songs online. The decision also ended a discounted fee for small Internet broadcasters. Broadcast radio stations that also stream their programs online, such as in Santa , said they might have to scale back on webcasting, and operators of Internet-only radio stations said the new fees would probably force them to silent. [read whole story here]