AOL Stays On The Sidelines

The WSJ reports that many Web broadcasters are turning off their music streams next Tuesday to "protest higher statutory royalty rates payable to artists. Some of the largest services, including Live 365 Inc., Pandora Media Inc. and Yahoo Inc.'s Yahoo Music, are participating in the blackout, which organizer Kurt Hanson of online-radio service AccuRadio has dubbed 'Day of Silence.' "

AOL, the online unit of media giant Time Warner, has decided not to join in.

"We felt it would impact the overall consumer experience and the paying members of our radio subscription service," a spokeswoman tells the Journal.

By Dan Beyers  |  June 21, 2007; 6:42 AM ET  | Category:  AOL
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