A landmark agreement reached July 7 will halt a potentially harmful increase in copyright royalty rates for internet radio broadcasters, but college radio stations will continue to negotiate rates that could be the key to their survival.

President Obama signed an extension to the Webcaster Settlement Act on June 30, after Congress passed the measure that would give college internet radio stations--along with other web-based stations, such as religious radio--30 days to make a deal with SoundExchange, a nonprofit organization that collects royalties from internet radio stations.

“I'm expecting that we'll be engaged in discussion to see if we can't work out...

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