Hodejo1 writes: “It’s not just a financial burden,” says jazz historian Phil Schaap who for years has hosted a daily broadcast focused on the music of Charlie Parker in chronological order. “It’s the encumberment of the creative process.” Schaap complained about the special rules the DMCA imposed on Internet streams that he feels is the root of why Columbia University pulled the plug on its online simulcast of its station WKCR in NY. Under federal copyright law, online stations face stricter terms than their broadcast counterparts when it comes to programming. Online stations face limits of how many songs by any particular artist — or even from a single album — can be played in a given period of time. Mr. Schaap, whose shows often involve lengthy surveys of a particular artist’s work, said he believed this restriction may be part of the problem for WKCR. “It’s a devastating setback,” said Schaap. Columbia University has been less than forthcoming with regards to the full reason why they halted the simulcast. A Columbia representative said that the problem was not the cost of royalties but contractual terms with the station’s “provider” and that negotiations were underway. Considering that a broadcast stream can be delivered through a child's hand-me-down laptop one has to wonder what role the provider has with this shutdown.