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. Hava Perdesi
    April 12, 2011 at 3:36am
    always good fun to listen to the radio, but also makes the radio is beautiful music played in
  2. Hava Perdeleri
    April 14, 2011 at 3:18pm
    Web stations and not charging terresrtial stations illegal? BTW, is it really true that terrestial stations pay nothing
  3. medyum
    April 16, 2011 at 8:58am
    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.
  4. cam balkon
    April 17, 2011 at 4:31am
    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.
  5. web tasarım
    April 17, 2011 at 4:32am
    Is it possible to get EFF involved? With their help, the message may get louder and stronger.
  6. gelinlik
    April 17, 2011 at 4:36am
    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. It is very relaxing and I am getting more work done because I am enjoying what I am listening too.
  7. web tasarım
    April 17, 2011 at 6:44am
    Nice post... thanks for all moderators =) i added blog is my favorites...
  8. chat
    April 17, 2011 at 6:41pm
    stations illegal? BTW, is it really true that terrestial stations pay nothing
  9. chat
    April 22, 2011 at 2:18am
    thank you comment
  10. ekonomi
    April 22, 2011 at 12:08pm
    Thanks for these articles good job

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