07 July 2007

Net radio in danger

    Lights out guerilla Radio
    Turn that shit up
    It has to start somewhere
    It has to start sometime
    What better place than here
    What better time than now
      Rage Against the Machine

I've started listenning to YRock on XPN at work. Whenever you first launch the stream, you get a message encouraging you to visit SaveNetRadio.org. Here's the deal: the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which oversees sound recording royalties paid by Internet radio services, increased Internet radio's royalty burden by 300 to 1200. Most Internet radio stations won't be able to afford this and will either go offline, or be forced into deals with record companies giving them control of programming content. Particularly unfair is that Internet radio royalties are already twice that of sattelite radio.

I have to admit, I was totally oblivious to this issue until now. I even missed the day of silence when all Internet radio stations went intentionally dark. *Rob did put up a post about this issue as it pertains to podsafe music. Check it out.

Also, check out SaveNetRadio to learn more.

1 comment:

Rob said...

One of the best places to track the fight is at Kurt Hanson's Radio and Internet Newsletter.

We are less than a week away.

What is the worst about this is that the increased fees are retroactive to the beginning of 2006. Yeah. THat really sucks.