Internet portal fights copyright payment

16th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

On 17 June a Dutch court will hear the arguments in a lawsuit that could have a major impact on many Internet sites, portals, search engines, widgets, gadgets and mobile apps that link to other websites. The music copyright organisation Buma/Stemra is trying to get the radio portal website Nederland.FM to pay copyright fees, which it has so far refused to do.

Nederland.FM is a collection of hyperlinks to the audio streams of Dutch radio stations. Stations that broadcast online must pay a portion of their earnings to Buma/Stemra. The organisation is demanding that Nederland.FM also pays copyright fees, but its owner Jim Souren argues that "Manufacturers of radio sets have never had to pay a licence fee, so why should Nederland.FM?"

Mr Souren also points out that his radio portal doesn't produce its own music streams, but links to the sites of radio stations that have received permission to embed their audio streams, and already pay copyright fees. If Buma/Stemra wins the case on 17 June, this will impact on many Internet sites, portals, search engines, widgets, gadgets and mobile apps that link to other sites.


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