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Support Internet Radio’s existence

SaveNetRadio.org is asking us in the US to call our representatives to urge them to support the Internet Radio Equality Act (HR 2060), introduced by Jay Inslee (D-WA). Here’s what the email I received from Live360 says:

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recently denied webcasters’ requests for a rehearing on its ruling of unfairly high new royalty rates — a stunning 300 to 1200 percent increase — for Internet radio for period 2006-2010.

Internet radio is singled out from all other radio, burdened with fees not paid by AM or FM stations, and at rates at least 3-4 times paid by satellite and cable radio. The ruling even included absurd minimum of $500 per station per year to penalize the smallest webcasters with the highest rates.

Should this ruling stand, many of your favorite stations will be silenced. You will find Live365’s 260 genres reduced to the same meager, homogenized list carried on AM/FM radio, because the unfair rates would drive webcasters in niche genres with unique content unavailable elsewhere out of business.

You can, however, help protect your favorite tunes of your favorite DJs from being silenced.

The Internet Radio Equality Act (HR 2060) has been introduced in Congress by Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA). A simple phone call to your Representative to ask for their support on this Bill will go a long way toward ensuring your right to diversity and choice in radio. Better yet, please also write and fax to show how serious you are. They need to know how much your music means to you.

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5 Responses to “Support Internet Radio’s existence”

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  2. No.

    Internet Radio’s existence will be enhanced by higher fees.

    Higher fees will dissuade the more conservative businesses used to the comfort zone of legitimate operating modes.

    We need pirate radio stations willing to push the envelope, unconstrained by regulations or commercial pressures.

    Raise the fees. Raise the royalties. Harshen the penalities. Reduce the breadth of permitted output. Restrict the listeners’ liberties.

    Raise the bar.

    Polarise Internet radio into redundant rebroadcasts of terrestrial channels, and completely unfettered pirate radio.

    You don’t revolutionise a medium by making life easy for mediocrity.

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  4. The option of internet radio is a great thing and for the most part it is pretty much seems to be a labor of love. So i hope that things don’t change any time soon as far as charges being imposed on internet radio stations.

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  5. I like the option of having free internet radio. It gives us an option from main stream radio.

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