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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: ng_nighthawk
2007-03-20 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised no one asked: why can't the policy simply be that media providers can set a fee and broadcasters are expected to pay it?

Why does it have to be set across the board? It seems contrary to the basic market forces that make other industries work. There's not a standard fee for now much I pay for Word, but (in theory) I could be held accountable for not paying what Microsoft asks for it.

Is this just a strange area of law, or is there a real (perceived) need for this kind of standard pricing scheme?
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