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[Mar. 19th, 2007|03:53 pm]
I subscribe to a website (www.di.fm) that streams trance music all day for me to listen to at work, all day, every day.

This makes me happy.

On March 2nd, the Copyright Royalty Board made a decision about rates for webcasts that is likely to destroy Internet radio utterly.

This makes me unhappy.

FAQ here, write your congresscritter here.

I want the ability to wave my magic wand and cause organizations things that displease me to suffer catastrophic existence failure. Grr.

[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2007-03-20 02:34 am (UTC)
What about the artists', labels', and production companies' business models?

Seems to me that if not getting paid for performances of their work makes the music producers money (say, because people will hear the free music and buy the CD), then they can waive the fees for all their works. Otherwise, I don't see why streaming stations shouldn't have to carry part of the burden. I have no idea if the new rules are imposing an appropriate burden or not, but they don't seem obviously exorbitant. Percentage-of-revenue sounds peachy keen, but it all depends on the number of freeloaders there are. Unfortunately, in the realm of music, there are a lot of freeloaders.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-03-20 04:21 am (UTC)
Having now done my research, see my comment to dan above. The big complaint is that the royalties for streaming are five to eight times the royalty rates for broadcast.
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