The RIAA and its allies are catching up to the online world by increasing tarrifs on online radios. has more:

Bad news for those of you who stream online radio, and even worse news for those responsible for streaming it. The Copyright Royalty Board has announced that it will more than double the fees that online music stations must pay to license the music on their sites. According to their press release, the US government sided with an assertion by SoundExchange, the company that collects digital music usage fees on behalf of the recording industry, that streaming audio content online is the same as MP3 downloads. Because both formats allow users to save high-quality content to their hard drives, they should therefore be subject to the same regulations.

This could spell disaster for any number of smaller online stations, most of who currently pay royalties based on a percentage of total revenue, the majority of which they glean from on-site advertising. The new regulations will be based around a per-song, per-listener fee format, which means that every time a song is streamed, the station will be charged. For 2007, the per-song royalty fee has been set at 11 cents, but will see an increase to 19 cents by 2010.