Day of Silence staged to protest Net royalty spike

Broadcast radio stations including WAMU in Washington and KCRW, based in Santa Monica, Calif., and Web music services like Pandora, Live365 and Real Networks' Rhapsody are not streaming programming today as a silent protest of a July 15 hike in Net royalties. The Day of Silence is being organized by SaveNetRadio, a coalition of webcasters, listeners and artists lobbying for Congress to reject the royalty spike. Meanwhile, the Digital Media Association and some webcasters have asked a federal appeals court to issue an emergency stay on the royalties.

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