Cable royalty take stays, court rules

B'casters get 7.2% of $538 mil pool

WASHINGTON — The Motion Picture Assn. of America failed in its effort to win a bigger piece of the copyright royalty pie paid by the cable industry.

A federal court in Washington upheld a copyright panel’s ruling that broadcasters are entitled to 7.2% of the $538 million copyright pool. The case dates back to 1992, when the MPAA challenged the formula under which the studios split $278.2 million in royalty revenue from cablers. The MPAA said they deserved a bigger cut — closer to $310 million.

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