A federal court has denied a petition to delay the July 15 due date of 2006 royalty payments Internet Radio outlets must pay SoundExchange under the new rates, set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) May 1.

However, the decision does not affect the pending appeal or ongoing negotiations between the parties, now heating up.

A private roundtable discussion organized by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is taking place today with representatives from the music and Internet radio industries.

Additionally, the Internet Radio Equality Act is gaining more support in Congress -- introduced in April by Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) -- that aims to eliminate the recent CBR decision and set 2006 - 2010 rates.

Should the July 15 deadline pass without a compromise established, it's possible that SoundExchange and its label and artist members may elect not to enforce the decision, at least against small and noncommercial webcasters, until they hammer out an agreement.

Stay tuned to Billboard.biz for ongoing coverage of this evolving story.