First of all, thanks, everyone, for listening to and commenting on the podcasts! I ‘ppreciate it, and I’m glad to hear ya like it.
And now I’m going to get political on your butts.
Seems the Copyright Royalty Board - at the behest of the RIAA’s Sound Exchange and others - has ruled in favor of nearly tripling the royalty rates on internet radio. This rates hike makes playing the music you love too expensive for many broadcasters. Worse still is that this ruling is retroactive to January, 2006, meaning that some of your favorite ‘net broadcasters are already bankrupt. Dead men walking as of May 15th of this year.
And this ruling effects everyone in the US - even the big guys like Yahoo and AOL. NPR and Clear Channel are fighting it, too. To say nothing of the smaller broadcasters! This also damages the artists. Without internet radio, major labels and indies alike are going to feel the sting.
Way to go, RIAA. That’s some smart thinking, there.
The CRB denied a rehearing on the matter, but we can still help. Visit http://www.savenetradio.org/ or click the banner below for more info. I’m, by the way, not associated with this organization whatsoever. I just really, really like Pandora and would be a cranky little bumblebee if it went away. I mean, internet radio is how I found some of my favorite artists, and these are people I’m never gonna hear on KROQ.
Help yourselves to some more info right here: