Some of you may have seen the recent announcement from SoundExchange regarding their proposal for “small” webcasters. This is nothing but a cynical attempt by the RIAA to diffuse the growing uproar over the shocking rate hikes. Perhaps better characterized as the “teeny-tiny-webcasters-who-we-plan-to-keep-that-way” proposal, this is a tactical maneuver to distract the public and
confuse Congress by appearing to do something while actually not addressing the problem.
For a great concise response from one of the small webcasters this is SUPPOSED TO HELP, see AccuRadio founder Kurt Hanson’s blog post.
We’ve posted a few times on this topic over the past month – March 6th, March 12th, April 16th, April 26th
Don’t be fooled.
Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. BlueNight
    May 22, 2007 at 10:38pm
    I am a geek and a lover of freedom by temperment, and a conservative and libertarian by intellectual assent. This puts me in agreement with some and at odds with all groups at various times. In the case of intellectual property, I find myself torn between the prospect of "free" stuff (usually paid by advertising), and the desire that everyone be able to provide a service or product they want to provide, in return for a market price both sides think is fair. The RIAA is made of companies that built their market from the ground up. I can respect that. However, it is they who made popular music such a major part of our culture, with radio stations ubiquitous in every city. If others can provide a lower-priced, equal-quality product or service, they cannot cry foul. This reminds me of Southwest Airlines. While every other major carrier was losing ground, nearly running bankrupt, they were expanding. The situation at Dallas Love Field with the Wright Amendment is considered by many to have been designed to keep Southwest small, giving other airlines a chance to remain solvent. Yet despite these challenges, Southwest still flourished. Keep Pandora going. Keep it solvent, keep it great. You are the future in digital content delivery. You can be the shining beacon of the new broadband economy.
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  2. kagitsune
    May 23, 2007 at 2:02pm
    This just plain scares me. While it sounds like a great new deal, I'm afraid that many congressmen and women will be fooled by how good it looks 'on paper'. The 'analysis' on the given link was a real eye-opener. Thanks so much for posting this.
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  3. Erin
    May 30, 2007 at 8:07am
    Hello--Just wanted to express my gratitude for Pandora Internet Radio. Thank you Tim Westergren and everyone else who has been involved with the music genome project. Also, thank you for posting a spot where we can write to our sentators for support of the Internet Radio Equality Act. If any other similar petitions arise, please post them. Keep Pandora alive. Thanks again!
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  4. TenderLee
    June 12, 2007 at 12:15pm
    Really like the way you Cats swing--We old (and I do mean old)Cats had just about given up on the possibility OUR music would EVER come back--You have yet to pull up anything I dislike--I've this date "ordered" my Granddaughter Sarah Glassman to go to the Internet and attempt to read everything you are saying on PANDORA--Sarah is working the NYC "Broadway" scene--Thus far it has been with her friend Marti at Don't Tell Mama--Her daytime activities revolve around Corcoran enterprises of real estate fame--All should dig the gorgeous Sarah and hear her fabulous singing voice and Piano expertice--later--TenderLee
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  5. Ray
    June 17, 2007 at 7:39am
    I have been listening to Pandora Radio for one week about 2 hours per day. I initially requested "Murder on Music Row". I did not hear it until last Friday, 5 days later. In the interim, I have heard "One More Drink", "On the Other Hand", "Pittsburgh Steelers", "The Buck Starts Here", "Designated Driver", "Yesterday Once More", and "Please Play Satin Sheets Once More" at least EIGHT times each. How come there are multiple plays of certain songs?
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