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News :: Media
Internet Radio in Danger: Take Action Now!
14 May 2007
A ruling by an obscure regulatory agency threatens to silence thousands of Internet radio stations. After intense lobbying from the recording industry, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) is about to mandate exponential increases — by as much as 1,200 percent — in royalties paid every time webcasters stream a song online.

If these unfair rules are allowed to go into effect on July 15, many public, independent and smaller Internet radio stations will have to shut down. At stake is the diversity of musical choice that the Internet has come to represent for more than 50 million listeners.

Congress must stop this bad rule and replace it with a system that both pays artists and fosters more diverse Internet radio programming. We must rapidly mobilize support for new legislation that will rescue Internet radio before it's too late.
Protect Artists and Webcasters

Though compensating artists is crucial, that goal must be balanced with the desire to maximize the number of places listeners can go to hear new music. Artists cannot benefit from music channels that no longer exist.

Both artists and webcasters must be protected with reasonable regulations. The CRB decision was crafted by lobbyists at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and favors only the largest record labels. It raises the pay-per-performance rate to a level that is not sustainable for upstart webcasters — wiping the Internet clean of diverse musical options, while taking away the only chances many artists have to be heard.

The CRB rushed these draconian rules into place despite tens of thousands of protest letters from listeners, musicians and webcasters. Their rules would force webcasters to make a back payment for all music played since 2006.

When the rule takes effect. the vast majority of webcasters could immediately go out of business. NPR, Pacifica and community radio stations would be crippled and forced to take down much of their online content.
See also:
http://action.freepress.net/campaign/netradio
http://www.freepress.net/netradio/

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BinaryFreedom Founder.
14 May 2007
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