Over the past few weeks I’ve corresponded with literally thousands of internet radio listeners, most of them amazed that their calls actually made a difference. Well they did. Even the most entrenched industry can be resisted by a large and engaged public. To see your voice in action, see Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) speak forceably on the House floor in support of the Internet Radio Equality Act (IREA), which picked up 5 more co-sponsors this week (up to 139 and counting…).
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As you know, the enormous public pressure has propelled us into a supervised negotiation phase. This has begun gingerly, under the watchful eyes of the many representatives who’ve been moved to participation through your calls. We’ve begun a dialogue with SoundExchange to agree on a rate that is fair to both webcasters and artists.
It’s a difficult process, and your ongoing calls continue to make a HUGE difference. Make no mistake, it’s your efforts that initiated this negotiation, and it’s critical that the momentum continues with the Internet Radio Equality Act. To see if your representative has stepped up, see the official sponsor list. Many have yet to act in spite of a deluge of constituent phone calls. If you haven’t called yet, it’s not too late. Just visit savenetradio – all you need is to type in your zip code and you’ll get the contact info. It’s a quick call.
The IREA has both a version in the Senate (Bill# S1353) and House of Representatives (Bill# HR2060), so we’re seeking the support of both houses.
Thanks again, and stay tuned…
Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. Roy
    July 23, 2007 at 3:46pm
    Good to hear. I've had better luck lately getting through on my daily calls. Not sure if that's good or not, but my two cents are getting registered. BTW, the link on the main page to the latest SaveNetRadio situation is still pointed to last week's post.
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  2. Canada Loves Pandora
    July 23, 2007 at 6:30pm
    Tim, don't forget about us Canadians! I have to resort listening to Geico commercials to get my music.
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  3. Jeanine Lee
    July 26, 2007 at 1:59pm
    This is great news. I was studying abroad in Beijing for a while and when I received the emails I only managed to make one call to Diane Feinstein via Skype, but the connection was horrible. I'm finally back in the States, though not for long, and have just finished calls to both Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, good thing Mr. Honda is already a co-sponsor of the HR bill. Please keep us up to date, no matter where I may be in the world, I hope to come home to good music in this land that should remain free, as it was always meant to be.
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  4. Michael
    July 26, 2007 at 8:45pm
    Isn't it funny how this all transpires...? Not so many years ago, former President Bush called out ICE-T and Body Count along with the entire political community and enforcement agencies over Body Count's "Cop Killer" and slammed Warner Brothers and the music labels for promoting "damaging music to our youth" and the political engine was against the record companies claiming they were 'reckless'. Here we stand a few years later with Congress trying to protect the record labels and multi-millon dollar music execs who screw over the artist with minimal royalties and make major salaries...all because they weren't smart enough to see the upcoming change in technologies that revolutioned the music world to a truly global forum. I guess it's all in who is willing to contribute more to the campaign funds... hmm, maybe we should tell Congress we'll pay a lower rate in fees to them directly (vs SoundExchange) if they'll change their tune (AGAIN!) Then, we can work the two against each other to negotiate a better competitive rate for all? Wait, that would be American, enforced under laws against monopolies, and might actually mean we cared about the freedom of speech globally. My bad. Good to see some progress here at least and Tim, thanks for the time and dedication you and your staff are devoting. We'll keep emailing and calling!
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  5. bob holden
    July 27, 2007 at 3:37am
    good quality music well done.
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  6. Red Kite
    July 27, 2007 at 4:09am
    What is the latest situation in the UK? - I've just read that on July 1st UK licencing authorities announced fees even higher than those in the US and that Pandora, Launchcast and Last FM will be forced to close or stop streaming to the UK. Please fight this as vigorously as the US situation otherwise there will be a complete shutdown of internet radio in the UK. There is a higher percentage of people in the UK who regularly buy music than in any other country in the world, making it the world's most vibrant market for music. If you allow internet radio to die in the UK then this market will be severely harmed. Only a handful of radio stations in the UK give airtime to musicians and bands that are not being pushed by the major record companies meaning that independent artists and bands will have no effective means of getting people to hear their music. This will be a disaster for the UK music industry. And I can assure you that anyone in the UK who has listened to Pandora will want Pandora to launch in the UK later this year as planned. I haven't heard anything about the UK situation on this blog so please fight this ruling for the sake of all musicians and bands who want to reach into the UK market and for all of us in the UK who love music. If you do we will be very grateful to Pandora.
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  7. Karen Taylor
    July 27, 2007 at 4:57am
    I certainly think it is important to let our representatives know how important internet radio is to me. I can pick the best type of music for me. That should not mean it gets taxed higher than anything else. I'll help by voicing my opinion because Pandora is tops in internet radio.
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  8. Red Kite
    July 27, 2007 at 5:45am
    Could you please clarify what the situation is in the UK? There has been very little reporting on this so far - the Guardian Newspaper being the only media outlet so far to cover the story. If we know exactly what this means for internet radio in the UK we can start contacting our Members of Parliament.
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  9. Seth
    July 27, 2007 at 10:18am
    Keep up the good work. You guys are the best net radio has to offer.
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  10. Maria
    July 27, 2007 at 11:44am
    This is very unfortunate... I love listening to Pandora Radio while I'm working. Thank you for playing great music. Damn the man!!!
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