The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has recently released a revised fee schedule for internet radio. Left unchanged, these rates will end internet radio, period. The RIAA has effectively convinced this federal committee to establish rates that make online radio a non-viable business.
It’s an utterly ridiculous ruling that renders any form of internet radio non-economic. We are continuing in the belief that sanity will return as everyone involved, including the 50 million avid online radio listeners, realize just how outrageous this is.
You can probably tell by this post that I feel strongly about this. Online radio has opened up a new world for musicians and listeners alike. It has brought millions of otherwise disconnected music-lovers back to music radio, and has opened up tremendous access and promotion for thousands of musicians – both obscure and well known.
We are striving very hard to build a business. We employ eleven full time people in our ad sales team, and despite very high licensing and streaming costs, believed that we could make it work over the next several years if internet advertising continues to grow. This ruling drives the licensing fees (fees that are NOT paid by terrestrial broadcasters) completely out of reach, and makes our goal impossible.
This is a terribly ill-conceived attempt to crush a powerful and positive grassroots movement that is sweeping across the music world. The record labels’ struggles have nothing to do with online radio and killing it will further hurt their business, not help it.
We need your help. If you’d like to get involved please write your congressperson. Below is a link to point you to the right person. If you can, please send a letter or a fax that asks for a reply (emails are too easily ignored).
Congressional Directory by Zip Code
If you want to learn more details, try this informative blog post from an attorney familiar with the process:
Now more than ever, thanks for your support.
Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. sohbet
    April 25, 2011 at 1:38am
    It's a good idea to send RIAA a couple of links to some good internet radios (including this one!) and show this actually helps the music business. Big time.
  2. polymerase chain reaction
    May 15, 2011 at 7:38pm
    I must tell you that I am very very happy. I can be at work working and relaying to the music at the same time.
  3. sohbet odaları
    May 16, 2011 at 12:14pm
    thanks all
  4. motorlu panjur
    May 20, 2011 at 12:49am
    RIAA - they are all about greed and look what greed is doing to America today. Satellite radio is here to stay especially when the merger is ok'd. Pandora should just move to another country like Canada or to the Islands. The Riaa only care about themselves.
  5. perde
    May 20, 2011 at 9:31am
    I must tell you that I am very happy. I can be at work working of course and relaying to the music at the same time
  6. web tasarım
    May 23, 2011 at 6:08am
    thank you
  7. düzce haber
    May 30, 2011 at 10:38am
    Always good fun to listen to the radio, but also makes the radio is beautiful music played in

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