Brutish Sailor Posted April 10, 2009 Share Posted April 10, 2009 Nabbed off of the LC forums, nabbed off of RAIN. SINGAPORE NET RADIO GOES SILENT AFTER ROYALTY TALKS FALL THROUGH In Singapore, Internet radio streams have gone silent after royalty negotiations fell apart. Radio stations were exempted from paying royalty fees on songs broadcast online in the country. That all changed when the Recording Industry Performance Singapore (RIPS) — the representative of 13 record companies that issue licenses to broadcast music — requested annual license fees for Internet radio. Negotiations to set the fee recently fell through and on Tuesday, online streams began to go silent. “Sorry, 91.3 has had to stop streaming our radio signal on the Internet,” reads the notice on one station’s site. “A new music licensing regime has led to excessive music royalty rates that no longer make streaming a viable option.” Sounds familiar. While some radio networks are still in talks with RIPS, Tuesday is already being pinned as the day Internet radio died in Singapore. For more, check out Channel New Asia’s coverage here. (Thanks to RAIN reader Bryan Hance for the news tip!) KNSJ.org / 89.1 FM San Diego Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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