Ars technica carries the bad news handed out by US Court of Apppeals for the DC Circuit:
[the court] denied a motion to postpone the onset of the new royalty regime. In a brief order, the court said that the issues raised by the webcasters did not satisfy its "stringent standards."
Under the new scheme, webcasters will have to pay a flat fee per song streamed on a per-user basis, along with a $500-per-channel annual administrative fee. In addition, the royalties are retroactive to January 2006 and are scheduled to double by 2011.