Judges reject royalty appeal for webcasts


WASHINGTON -- A panel of copyright judges on Monday rejected an appeal to redo a recent royalty decision raising the rates paid by broadcast companies, NPR and webcasters for the Internet transmission of music.

In its decision, the Copyright Royalty Board said it refused the request to reconsider the controversial March 2 ruling because the offended parties added nothing new to their arguments and that the judges made no error in their decision.

"In the absence of an adequate showing of new evidence, the parties' arguments in their respective motions amount to nothing more than a rehash of the arguments that the judges considered in the initial determination," chief copyright judge James Scott Sledge wrote.
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