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. Renmeleon
    August 18, 2007 at 9:08pm
    First off, Keith... /salute Come home safe! You are in our thoughts. Mike...brightest blessings to you, your wife and your children. I hope your children flourish and that you and your wife live long, healthful lives with them. Tim and the Pandora staff; I really don't know where to begin except to say that Pandora has become a staple in our household and we have shared it (and continue to) with everyone that we know. I work from a home-based studio due to my health and because I chose to homeschool my little girl. I suffered mild neurologic damage several years ago as the result of a doctor's misdiagnosis and focusing on my work, and most everything else, has been difficult since. I normally listen to music - mostly game and movie soundtracks - for background when I am writing or working in my studio. I am very eclectic in my tastes so stopping to change CDs or swap out music on my computer is disruptive at best. I also spend a great deal of time at home and there isn't an available radio signal so I miss out on current music. Pandora has opened worlds for us... I have found more new music in the last couple of weeks, obscure groups that I would never have found, than I have in the last several years. I would think Pandora would be a boost to music sales elsewhere; we have been picking up CDs for the new artists we have found here like crazy in stores and on iTunes. My whole family enjoys Pandora now and I cannot thank you enough for what it means to us. Keep up the good work, we are behind you and we are helping to protect what you have created here... Thank you.
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  2. Brother Al
    August 19, 2007 at 8:09am
    I almost can't believe it's true that such a station as Pandora exists! I tell all my music loving friends your website. The work day is more better. New artists have a great forum.
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  3. tom Davenport
    August 19, 2007 at 8:45am
    Dear Pandora crew, Thank you for making drugs even better. Tom
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  4. Antonia Raymund
    August 19, 2007 at 10:50am
    Pandora is the best makes my day and night love it. easy to use enjoy it all times very clear wish i had found it early.
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  5. Tim Westergren
    August 19, 2007 at 11:22am
    Man, oh, man. With each passing week I continue to be amazed at the power of music - the world's most universal meeting place. Thanks to everyone here for the great support (not just of Pandora, but of eachother) - and thanks for amazing list you put together, Keith. We're sinking our teeth into it as we speak... It continues to be a great pleasure to correspond with all of you. Don't worry, with the kind of public support we've been getting there's no way Pandora we'll be stopped... Cheers to all you. Tim (Founder)
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  6. John
    August 19, 2007 at 12:47pm
    This is a wonderful radio station. I listen to it every time I get on the internet. I could listen to it forever. Thank you for Pandora. John R
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  7. Rick Foisel
    August 19, 2007 at 2:53pm
    Thanks to all of you may we never know A day "The day that the music died" if we do we shall all hear "The sounds of silence"!
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  8. Kimber Spackman
    August 19, 2007 at 3:17pm
    I love Pandora!!! i can just listen to music with no commercials! its Awesome! thanks!
    Reply
  9. Nessa
    August 19, 2007 at 3:55pm
    you guys at pandora are wicked awesome and are great at what you do. nobody should ever try to take a good thing such as pandora away, its just not right. Keep it up!!!!!
    Reply
  10. Terry Lee Boyce
    August 19, 2007 at 5:02pm
    I love your radio station I would like to know where your station is location is in the US and your call letters. Thanks: Terry Lee Boyce
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