Sohail Mirza, standing in for Peter.

Call to Action: Save Net Radio! Support the Internet Radio Equality Act!

Call Congress.  Save Net Radio!I’m not sure about everyone else, but I rely on Internet Radio to get through my day. I find it helpful to listen to some ambient music in the background as I work. It sets the pace for me.

Well, Internet Radio is under attack right now. The aggressor is a form of ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board that seeks to squeeze blood out of stone. They want our Internet radio stations to pay through the nose for broadcasting rights.

The defense against this aggressor comes in the form of the Internet Radio Equality Act, which seeks to restore the percentage-of-income royalty model, where broadcasters will only be required to pay a fair percentage of their income, rather than some arbitrary figure decided by the CRB.

Today is the day of action where we call our senators and representative now to ask them to co-sponsor the Internet Radio Equality Act (S. 1353 in the senate and H.R. 2060 in the house).

The “Save Net Radio” site has talking points and contact information for the senators and reps for your zip code. Go there now give your political representatives a call and ask them to represent your view.

Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). If the increased rates stick, net radio as we know it dies. Call now!

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Written by Sohail Mirza

June 26, 2007 at 11:34 am

Posted in Law, Music, Politics

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