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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Web radio day of silence

A group of very popular web radio stations chose to go silent for the entire day yesterday, in order to encourage people to call their congress men and women to help support a change. You can read about what when on yesterday in this press release by Jake Ward from Save Net Radio.

You may have heard of Save Net Radio: a group of artists, listeners, and Webcasters working together to save Internet radio as we know it. If you appreciate web radio I strongly encourage you to get involved. They encourage you to call your members of congress, which is a little more personal than other sites that allow you to email representatives, but it would be worth it if a change was made. If you haven't really heard about this issue, I have linked some additional information below.

Here is a PSA: Save Net Radio

Here is an excerpt from the wikipedia page detailing the issue:

The Internet Radio Equality Act, originally introduced as House of Representatives bill 2060 (or HR 2060), is proposed legislation to nullify the March 2, 2007, determination of the Copyright Royalty Board modifying the current web casted radio royalties and fees retroactively to January 1, 2006. The current system charges a flat rate plus a percentage of profits to the radio provider. The new system would introduce a flat per-song rate that would be retroactively applied to all music played since January of 2006. This bill was introduced on April 26 by Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL) and has been cosponsored by over 100 members of the Congress. It was introduced in the Senate on May 10 by Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KS). The bill's proponents claim that "the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent" when the Copyright Royalty Board's decision takes effect unless the bill passes.


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