What a week! The outpouring of public support for internet radio over the past seven days has been nothing short of extraordinary.
Following our outreach to Pandora listeners, every congressional office was flooded with constituent phone calls, emails and faxes – literally hundreds of thousands in just 5 days! The entire fax system on the Hill was brought to a standstill. We had to hand deliver the faxes!
The response in DC has been dramatic and immediate. A bill was introduced today to reverse this terrible ruling and bring rationality to bear on this issue.
The bill is called the Internet Radio Equality Act, HR 2060 and is being introduced by Representatives Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL). For more info go to SaveNetRadio
Please take a moment to call your congress person to voice your support for this legislation and urge them to sponsor or support the bill. It’s very important the we keep pressure on the legislators to ensure that this bill is passed quickly.
If you need help determining who your member of the House of Representatives is, go to www.house.gov where, in the upper left hand corner, you can enter your zip code and get the corresponding Congressperson. Click on their name to access the main phone number of their Washington, D.C. office.
Also, a heads up that I’ll be hosting a town hall next Monday evening in the capital. We’ll be on the Hill meeting with representatives and are having a special meetup. It’ll be followed by an evening of music and a party hosted by the SaveNetRadio coalition. It’s a free event – and friends are welcome. Come join the army of webcasters, musicians, politicians and others that are driving this campaign for a night of music and conversation. Details:
Where: Be Bar , 1318 9th Street NW
When: Monday, April 30th @ 6:30 PM
RSVP: Send email to tim.westergren@pandora.com
Hope to see you there…
Thank you again for all of your support.
Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. tookus
    May 10, 2007 at 8:25am
    I just heard about Pandora's plight at the net@night podcast. I tried to do my part and contacted my congressman - afterwhich I discovered he was one of the cosponsers of the bill(oops). I guess at least he knows I've got his back... I wish there was some way to express our displeasure at the RIAA. All they've done is to limit artists access to the public. I'm tempted to join "what" Tim, Any thoughts about getting internet radio broadcasters together to directly compete with RIAA for artists. I know the cash isn't there for the artists but all you would need is a few homeruns... Damn the man!!! Long live Pandora!!!
  2. Daniel Castro
    May 10, 2007 at 11:20am
    The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) just released a report on Internet Radio and Copyright Royalties at an event on Capitol Hill this morning. In the report, we describe problems with the current copyright royalty system for Internet Radio, and what steps Congress should take to reform this system. I know this blog has been very active on this issue, and I wanted to make sure you were aware of our paper. The report is available on our website at - http://www.itif.org/files/InternetRadio.pdf
  3. Emilio Manzaneque
    May 12, 2007 at 12:59am
    I hope for Pandora Freedom... Please contact me if I can make something from Spain. Thanks for your work.
  4. LadyjessieB
    May 14, 2007 at 12:25pm
    I just posted a comment to both Senators of Tennessee and this is what I wrote them-I didn't read this article before I posted the comment to them, I saw the post it on my home page and went there directly! I am new to Pandora but I think its a beautiful thing! Really. Thank you so much for the access to what makes the world go 'round! Sincerely, Jessica Please don't let the RIAA kill Pandora and all internet radio. Join Senators Ron Wyden and Sam Brownback as co sponsors of the Internet Radio Equality Act. Music has always been a part of my life and I like all kinds. I enjoy being able to listen to the light sound of my favorite songs in the background at work. It makes for a less stressful environment. But, at home it makes for a wonderful way for families to enjoy something together. Equality is very important as politicians have so greatly demanded and expected over the years-why do it to music? Music will set you free, it has brought so many people of all kinds together, when nothing else would! Please help save the internet radio.
  5. Tellon
    May 14, 2007 at 9:17pm
    I am shocked.....so what I am to do now....? I'm from the Grenada in the caribbean and listen to lots of Reggae and many other Generes.......I own most of the cds but likes the way it's played on pandora.... Right now I am listening to Madonna Hung Up....I don't know what to do...LOL.....I'll be waiting for you to call nite and day....I hope I don't get fed up where I have to hung up....LOL I gotta to listen to last bit of BeenieMan (reggae) and Kevin lyttle (Soca) All the Best
  6. Doochense
    January 11, 2008 at 5:53pm
    Make peace, not war!
  7. Senator32
    February 01, 2008 at 2:40pm
    Internet Radio Bills: HB2060 - http://www.statesurge.com/#view-bill[&]main_content[&]bill_id=16303 SB1353 - http://www.statesurge.com/#view-bill[&]main_content[&]bill_id=14992 Thought you all may be interested in a new site (http://www.statesurge.com) devoted to transparency in government and one of the best ways to find legislation. You can sign up for a free trial on StateSurge.com and test out this legislative management system. Its the best service I have seen for tracking legislation. Apparently, soon much of the information will be open and free to use as a research tool. Currently, www.StateSurge.com tracks Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, and Federal legislation, but soon all 50 states will be integrated.
  8. hopelesslydreadful
    September 18, 2009 at 4:49pm
    Pandora.com used to be amazing. Not only did I not have to spend hours creating playlists, I found new unknown artists. Then Pandora.com had to go and sell out. My god. How many limits do we need?! Advertisements between songs Advertisements blocking my view Time limit of 40 hours 6 song skips for the entire day no matter the station Seriously guys. You have successfully alienated every user who has ever used and loved your site. What a dissapointment. Fuck the record industries. They're greedy bastards anyway. The ARTISTS make nothing from song play.

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