Monday, July 02, 2007

Update on the Adjustment of Rates and Terms for Preexisting Subscription and Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services

Below is an update on the hearing for the adjustment of rates and terms for satellite radio as taken from the Copyright Royalty Board website:

Hearing Information

The trial to determine the reasonable rates and terms for preexisting subscription services and satellite digital audio radio services began on Monday, June 4, 2007. The Services (XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio) and SoundExchange presented their direct cases from June 4 through June 28, 2007. Music Choice and SoundExchange reached an agreement and therefore no further proceedings are necessary for them.

There is now a break in the trial while the parties prepare their rebuttal cases. However, Dr. Michael Pelcovits, a witness for SoundExchange, was unavailable the week of June 25; consequently, his testimony will take place on Monday, July 9, 2007, starting at 9:30 a.m. in Room LM-408 in the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

Rebuttal hearings are scheduled to take place August 15 through August 30. More detailed information will be posted closer to the start of the rebuttal hearings.

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