Politics Support Web Radio
posted by May 21 at 15:14 PMon
July 15 may be the death knell for internet radio broadcasting. The Copyright Royalty Board, pressured by SoundExchange (a non-profit set up by the major record companies to collect royalties for them and their artists), passed a ruling that raises the fees that internet radio broadcasters have to pay, and requires them to pay the new rates retroactively from January 2006. KEXP and Rainy Dawg Radio are both local radio stations that would be affected by instantly owing a huge bill to the record companies.
Right now, all you can do to help internet radio broadcasters is to call your senators and congresspeople and ask them to support the bills in their respective houses that have been introduced to reverse this ruling. You can find out more at savenetradio.org. I just called Patti Murray and Maria Cantwell, and it took two seconds to make my voice heard. Fortunately, Jim McDermott, who is your representative if you live in Seattle, is already co-sponsoring the bill. That guy is rad.
I will have more on this story later, including interviews with KEXP and any developments.