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    Help save internet radio. With out your support sites like Pandora will have no choice but to close shop.

    The SaveNetRadio coalition is made up of artists, labels, listeners, and webcasters. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring an event, making a donation, or would like to become a leader in the fight to save Internet radio. The recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board to increase webcasters' royalty rates between 300 and 1200 percent over the next 5 years jeopardizes the industry and threatens to homogenize Internet radio.

    Artists, listeners, and Webcasters, have joined our coalition to help save Internet radio. The coalition believes strongly in compensating artists, but Internet radio as we know it will not survive under the new royalties. We need your help. Please take a moment to sign our petition to let your member of Congress know how much Internet radio means to you. Together, we can force Congress to create a structural solution for this problem and create an environment where Internet radio, and the millions of artists it features, can continue to grow for generations to come.

    About the Issue

    On March 2, 2007 the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which oversees sound recording royalties paid by Internet radio services, increased Internet radio's royalty burden between 300 and 1200 percent and thereby jeopardized the industry’s future.

    At the request of the Recording Industry Association of America, the CRB ignored the fact that Internet radio royalties were already double what satellite radio pays, and multiplied the royalties even further. The 2005 royalty rate was 7/100 of a penny per song streamed; the 2010 rate will be 19/100 of a penny per song streamed. And for small webcasters that were able to calculate royalties as a percentage of revenue in 2005 – that option was quashed by the CRB, so small webcasters’ royalties will grow exponentially!

    Before this ruling was handed down, the vast majority of webcasters were barely making ends meet as Internet radio advertising revenue is just beginning to develop. Without a doubt most Internet radio services will go bankrupt and cease webcasting if this royalty rate is not reversed by the Congress, and webcasters’ demise will mean a great loss of creative and diverse radio. Surviving webcasters will need sweetheart licenses that major record labels will be only too happy to offer, so long as the webcaster permits the major label to control the programming and playlist. Is that the Internet radio you care to hear?

    As you know, the wonderful diversity of Internet radio is enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans and provides promotional and royalty opportunities to independent labels and artists that are not available to them on broadcast radio. What you may not know is that in just the last year Internet radio listening jumped dramatically, from 45 million listeners per month to 72 million listeners each month. Internet radio is already popular and it is already benefiting thousands of artists who are finding new fans online every day.

    Action must be taken to stop this faulty ruling from destroying the future of Internet radio that so many millions of listeners depend on each day. Instead of relying on lawyers filing appeals in the CRB and the courts, the SaveNetRadio Coalition has been formed to represent every webcaster, every Net Radio listener, and every artist who enjoys and benefits from this medium. Please join our fight for the preservation of Internet radio. Start your own blog now, for free! - my blog! - personal site DOWN ATM

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    I would think that without streaming radio there would be more piracy.
    Aquaponics in Paradise !


    • #3
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      The ruling has already made some internet broadcasters close, like Rabbett at the radio music stream is gone, now showcases some videos and MP3 audio news clips.
      I'm still here. Are you?


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        Notice from Pandora

        Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

        I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

        In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

        Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio:

        Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

        Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.

        I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

        As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.

        -Tim Westergren
        (Pandora founder)
        source: Start your own blog now, for free! - my blog! - personal site DOWN ATM


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          Latest appeals rejected this week.


          • #6
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            From Current:
            U.S. Rep Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Donald Manzullo (R-Ill.) introduced a bill that aims to throw out a controversial new royalty structure for music streams, passed in March by a panel of three copyright judges, that many webcasters say will put them out of business if it goes into effect.
            Webcasters support the lawmakers' measure, which would set rates at 7.5 percent of streaming-based revenue--or roughly the same level as those for satellite radio--instead of basing the rate on the annually escalating, per-play standard that the record labels wanted and the judges decreed. Internet radio station operators have been bombarding Congress with pleas to intervene, an effort that became more urgent earlier this month after the copyright panel rejected all requests to reconsider its decision. In an arcane but crucial legal point, the bill would also change the standard by which future royalty rates are set from the nebulous "willing buyer/willing seller" concept to one that webcasters say more fairly balances the needs of copyright owners, users and the public good. For pubcasters, the new bill would set the new rates at 1.5 times what they paid in 2004, which was last official year of the system's previous streaming rate deal with the labels. CPB has historically covered pubradio's streaming fees. It would also place pubcasters' Web royalty determination within Section 118 of the Copyright Act, where other noncommercial royalties such as ASCAP and BMI are covered. This would establish pubradio streaming royalties as being fundamentally different from those for commercial broadcasters. Under the controversial new structure, pubradio stations whose total monthly user-hours exceed pubradio’s average would be subject to commercial rates. As a result, roughly 20 percent of pubradio stations could face significant new streaming fees, the copyright judges estimated. "This bill will provide a long-term solution that is fair for all sides," said Andi Sporkin, NPR spokeswoman. Sound Exchange, an organization created by record labels to collect digital distribution fees, opposes the proposed measure. Webcasters are coming to Washington May 1 to try to convince lawmakers to pass the bill, and soon. The new webcasting fees go into effect May 15.


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              It's an interesting thread and I don't want to open a new one. For those who like radio without borders check out Screamer Internet Radio. It comes with loads of preset stations from all over the world, it's light, free and it doesn't carry any bloatware, adware or commercials. You can find things like a Russian audiobook channel, a Persian pop station, French music, or good old American stuff.

              BTW, in a similar vein, Joost (Internet TV) is proving to be quite a disappointment. Your viewing choices are artificially limited based on your geographic location. US viewers looking for regular fare will do ok, but this is not what I was hoping for.