Internet Radio NEEDS YOUR HELP - Update


CRB Postpones Deadline As Web Radio Marches In D.C.
May 2, 2007

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has officially posted its ruling on Internet royalty rates in the Federal Register. However, the organization has pushed back the due date for royalty payments to kick in, from May 15 to July 15. The publication of this information also allows the 30 day period for appeals to officially begin. NPR is slated to file an appeal in this time frame.

The SaveNetRadio organization calls the decision "welcome news for webcasters...artists...and listeners," and notes that it will "spend the next 45 days educating Members of Congress and their staffs about the incredible diversity of programming Internet radio offers us all. We will set the ticking clock back 45 days and continue the fight to free Internet radio from these devastating fee increases."

Yesterday (May 1), SaveNetRadio led a march on Washington, D.C., as webcasters, musicians and label representatives met with members of Congress to discuss the Internet Radio Equality Act. Further actions in the nation's capital are set for today.

The issues remain the same:

Call your Congressperson today to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2060 - The Internet Radio Equality Act.

The bill reverses a recent decision of the federal Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to nearly triple the amount of royalties Internet radio broadcasters pay to copyright holders for playing a song.

The SaveNetRadio campaign is a group working to reverse an ill-conceived increase to the rates for streaming content. They're promoting house bill HR2060 to bring about a more fair assessment of streaming content fees. The following text is from the SaveNetRadio page:


The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger.  Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on May 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). If the increased rates remain unchanged, the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date.  Internet radio needs your help! H.R. 2060, The Internet Radio Equality Act was introduced by Representatives Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL ) to save the Internet radio industry. Please call your congressperson to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2060 by clicking below.

To find the phone number for your Congressional representative, visit  http://capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/home/ and enter your zip code.

This bill will have an impact on your favorite Internet station, whether that's KRUU or SomaFM or even NPR! In its appeal, NPR called the rate hike "arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion and/or unsupported by sufficient evidence."

Please go to SaveNetRadio.org for more information on the issue.

 

To find your congressperson: 

http://www3.capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/callalert/index.tt?alertid=9679516