Saturday, May 5, 2007

Help save internet radio!

I know this is off topic, but music is my passion and internet radio means a lot to me. I am not sure if you've heard but the Copyright Office has raised the royalty rates for internet radio which means most stations can't afford to stay in business! This doesn't seem fair since most independent internet radio stations are just trying to help bands by promoting their music. The internet stations I tend to listen to the most only play music that major radio stations never get around to playing since they focus on the mainstream. Some of my favorite bands were discovered when listening to an internet radio station so I really don't want to lose them.

This message can be found on my favorite site for internet radio (discoverRadio):
We have been forced to close our doors
The US Copyright Office has released their new set of rates for the payment of royalties by Internet Radio -- royalty rates so high that they will put discoverRadio and every other independent US webcaster out of business.

I recently received this email from
Dear Live365 Listener,

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recently denied webcasters' requests for a rehearing on its ruling of unfairly high new royalty rates -- a stunning 300 to 1200 percent increase -- for Internet radio for period 2006-2010.

Internet radio is singled out from all other radio, burdened with fees not paid by AM or FM stations, and at rates at least 3-4 times paid by satellite and cable radio. The ruling even included absurd minimum of $500 per station per year to penalize the smallest webcasters with the highest rates.

Should this ruling stand, many of your favorite stations will be silenced. You will find Live365's 260 genres reduced to the same meager, homogenized list carried on AM/FM radio, because the unfair rates would drive webcasters in niche genres with unique content unavailable elsewhere out of business.

You can, however, help protect your favorite tunes of your favorite DJs from being silenced.

The Internet Radio Equality Act (HR 2060) has been introduced in Congress by Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA). A simple phone call to your Representative to ask for their support on this Bill will go a long way toward ensuring your right to diversity and choice in radio. Better yet, please also write and fax to show how serious you are. They need to know how much your music means to you.

Click here for the number of your Representative. Call NOW!

Mark Lam CEO, Live365
To learn how your single call can make the difference, visit, and the SaveNetRadio Coalition we formed with listeners, webcasters, artists, and labels:

Please help!

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