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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 06:42 PM
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Independent Internet Radio Gets A Partial Reprieve...
Talk about a white-knuckles ride. Yesterday many Internet broadcasters thought they'd be shutting down sites and streams on Sunday, but Congressman Markey stepped up:

http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/news/2007/07/w...

A coalition of webcasters have worked out a deal with the recording industry that could temporarily stave off a portion of crippling net radio royalties set to take effect Sunday, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

The deal is not final but creates a window for webcasters to continue broadcasting while a more lasting solution is sought. Webcasters have said the fees would effectively force many services that personalize individual channels for listeners to close shop by the end of the weekend.

For now, the parties involved in what's described as ongoing negotiations have agreed to waive at least temporarily the minimum charge of $6,000 per channel required under a scheme created by the Copyright Royalty Board, or CRB.


The deal, brokered late Thursday, is not final and could change. One person involved in the talks described the situation as a reprieve, and said that "internet radio won't be saved until a workable royalty rate is set."

(Wired News will be posting live updates on new developments on the Listening Post blog.)


Thank-you to all who sent letters, made calls and pushed for this 11th Hour agreement. But this issue is far from resolved...as is the general issue of Net Neutrality.

Cheers...
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Jack Bone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 07:02 PM
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1. I signed an online petition..
and it was forwarded to my Congressman...a few months ago...hopefully, it helped

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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 07:03 PM
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2. Me, too. Here's hoping with you.
NT
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 08:48 PM
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4. At Least Someone Heard Something...
I was all set to cut audio streams I work with this weekend...now it's full-speed ahead.

Thank you for your support and to all who got the message across.

:toast:
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 08:48 PM
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5. At Least Someone Heard Something...
I was all set to cut audio streams I work with this weekend...now it's full-speed ahead.

Thank you for your support and to all who got the message across.

:toast:
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HeraldSquare212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 07:57 PM
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3. That's how I hear new music
it seems to me that the internet stations are great promotional devices...payola issues aside, the labels should be paying them.
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