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Today most Internet radio sites have gone off the air in observance of a Day Of Silence. They are doing this to bring to everyone's attention a disastrous turn of events that threatens the existence of internet radio. We need your help!

Ignoring all rationality and responding only to the lobbying of the RIAA, an arbitration committee in Washington DC has drastically increased the licensing fees Internet radio sites must pay to stream songs and are retroactive for eighteen months! Left unchanged by Congress, every day will be like today as internet radio sites start shutting down and the music dies.

A bill called the "Internet Radio Equality Act" has already been introduced in both the Senate (S. 1353) and House of Representatives (H.R. 2060) to fix the problem and save Internet radio from obliteration.

I need you to call your Congressional representatives today and ask them to become co-sponsors of the bill. It will only take a few minutes. You can find your Congresspersons and their phone numbers by entering your zip code here.

Your opinion matters to your representatives - so please take just a minute to call.

Visit http://www.savenetradio.org/ to continue following the fight to Save Internet Radio.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.




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cowfusior
Jun. 26th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Since I pay Live365 for my internet radio, I get to listen to my station today. And that's pretty much all I listen to at work anyway.

I liked the idea of a day of silence, but in practice it's kinda silly. "We're taking away your internet radio so you know what it's like." Oh, geez, guess I hook my music player to the computer speakers today. I think a better approach would have been to have a minute of silence during each break (every 20 minutes or so).

I have become cynical again, thinking this isn't "important" enough for Congress to act on before the summer recess. Gee, wish *I* got a summer recess.
mc4bbs
Jun. 26th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)

Sometimes (aw, heck, all the time), it takes drastic measures to get people's attention. With the hundreds of sites that went black today, I sincerely hope that it encouraged a number of people to call their elected officials to take action.

Summer recess... ah... Wouldn't that be nice!

mc4bbs
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)

Check out what Eliot Van Buskirk (Wired Magazine) in an article entitled "Webcasters' Day of Silence: Is It Working?" has to say about it...

- Chaz


cowfusior
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Read a clarification yesterday that basically said small webcasters wouldn't be affected by the current proposal until 2010, which staves off the $500 minimum royalty for them. Sadly, Live365 and their ilk are considered a single entity, so they would be charged the $500 minimum per channel per year, which they would then have to pass on to their customers.

Which basically uncovers their real reason for doing it: to remove a viable business model from internet radio. Thus, they can remove satellite radio's excuse that internet radio is their competition, not broadcast. And then they can increase the royalties on satellite, but still maintain contro..., er, I mean undue influence over a relatively small number of stations. They also realize that it's only a matter of time before we have mobile internet the way we have cell phone service, and if that happens, there's no reason to listen to broadcast radio or subscribe to satellite radio. For the drive time advertising dollars, doncha know.

mc4bbs
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)

... and in the end, it's us, the music consumers that get dry fucked.

RIAA, the MPAA and all these groups that hate progress (when they can't control it) seem to not realize that it's services like http://www.pandora.com/ that make people (like you and me) aware of new music that we must go out and buy!

They're bastards.

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