I am reposting this from the Classic Rock Newswire. It is a post from Jason Ritchie of Orion Books and it gives a lot of information on the current state of webcasting in the U.S. in light of the recent CRB decision that I talked about last week.
Corporate interests are hard at working making sure you don’t have a
choice because they make more money when you have no choices.
Protect Your Right To Diversity
Protect your right to hear eclectic indepenent radio and discover new
artists. You can save Internet radio with less than five minutes of your
time. Write your congressional representative today.
Tell anyone you know that loves or makes music. Tell them you do not
support The CRB’s March 2nd decision to increase royalty rates. Not only
will it impact your choices, but the RIAA’s manipulation of these rates,
and the CRB’s indifference will hurt working artists, damage small
record labels and force law abiding small webcasters out of business who
are already paying thousands of dollars per month in royalties.
Who, What and When
On March 2, 2006, The CRB approved royalty rates that will bury any
small webcaster, and create a heavy burden even for big broadcasters
like Yahoo and AOL Music. How high will these rates be? Around 100% of a
small webcasters revenue, give or take a few points, in most cases.
What?! That’s impossible to pay! Yep, it sure is..
How did this happen? The RIAA told the CRB thats what they wanted, and
the CRB just gave it to them.
Your’re probably thinking, hey that’s awful, but who are the the RIAA
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is a lobbying group
formed by the five largest record labels. They are embedded in
Washington D.C. They make sure laws are written to keep them rich, no
matter what. They made headlines a few years ago opening lawsuits
against elderly people and children for trading music online, even
though some of them didn’t even have computers. Check out the latest
The CRB (Copyright Royalty Board) is part of the US Copyright Office.
The Board is charged with determining the royalty rates that would be
determined by a willing buyer and a willing seller in a marketplace
transaction. They decided to jack the rates beyond a broadcasters means
despite decades of royalty rates being %1 – %2 of broadcaster revenue.
Raise your right hand
<http://www.loc.gov/crb/background/crb-judges.html> if you want to take
away consumer choice, hurt working artists, damage small record labels
and put small webcasters out of business.
Stay Current on the Issues
* RIAA Targets Internet Radio
* RIAA Settlement-O- Matic
* RIAA Pushes Through Rates Designed To Kill
* RAIN Newsletter
* Broadcast Law Blog <http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/>
* New headlines from Google.
We support royalty payments to compensate artists for their works.
We do not support being forced to pay twice as much as any other
form of media.
I would also add http://www.SaveTheStreams.org to the list of resources. (ed)