Thursday, March 29, 2007

Save Internet Radio

If I had to recall the number of petitions I've been asked to sign in the last year, it'd probably take me an hour.

But, if I had to recall the number of petitions I actually signed, well that would be a whole lot easier.

Here's one of them. If you ever stream internet radio at your computer while you're blogging or at work, then you may want to sign this one:

Online music is in danger. In March, the Copyright Royalty Board announced a decision that could drastically impact the variety and diversity of music available on the Internet. All "webcasters," nonprofit and for-profit, small and large, face a massive hike in the royalties they pay every time they play a song. The exorbitant fees could put small, independent webcasters out of business and force the large webcasters to adopt the cookie-cutter model of traditional radio. The fees would be unsustainable for public radio webcasters who would be forced to significantly reduce the alternative and cultural programming they offer.

We need to stop the new charges before they go into effect. The Copyright Royalty Board isn't used hearing from the public, so your action can really make a difference. Sign the petition today.

Click here to sign the petition.

Click here to learn more about Internet radio royalties.


At 2:16 AM, March 30, 2007, Blogger Suzanne said...

It's not feasible to pay such exhorbitant royalties for small webcasters. If the hike really comes into practice, it will sound the death knell for most of the small Internet talk radio.


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