Sunday, March 04, 2007
Call To Action!
My FAVORITE internet radio station is being affected by this: PLease read, and if you can do anything, please do....
Help Keep Internet Radio Online
On Friday March 2nd 2007, the Copyright Royalty Board announced new
royalty rates for Internet Radio stations. The rates are retroactive to
January of 2006.
The new rates are far higher than any industry experts expected. In
fact, if they remain unchanged, bankruptcy looms for many online radio
The new rates essentially levy a tax of $0.0011 per performance. Now,
that doesn't sound bad does it. But consider this. Each hour, the
average radio station plays 16 songs. So that's about 1.76c per hour,
per listener. A station with 500 listener average would be hit with fees
of $211 per day, $6,336 a month or $76,000 a year.
This amount of money is beyond the resources of all but the very
wealthiest of corporations. Many of the internet radio stations are run
by enthusiasts and hobbyists. These small stations are the ones bringing
new music, and old favorites to you every day. Music you can't hear on
corporate-owned terrestrial stations.
Could this be the day the music died?
What can you do
If you enjoy internet radio, you need to make your feelings known right
now to your representatives in the Congress and Senate. Write to them
and ask them to help repeal the decision of March 2nd by the Copyright
Royalty Board. It only takes a couple of minutes.
More background on this decision
Broadcasters Go Here and join the cause http://webcastersunite.net
If you have a blog, write about it.....
That is all...
Oh, Yeah... I went to see KANSAS last night... I will blog on that, when I get my pictures developed..
Have a great day..!