im sure many of us listen to the radio,, di.fm, itunes, or whatever... but if nothing is done... we'll be stuck with downloaded mp3 music instead... very poor, and only because of some american law.. which will indirectly affect internet radio across the globe..
please support the cause.. in any way you can.
save net radio.
SoundExchange (the RIAA royalty collection arm) has their own take on the issue, and you can read their .pdfs on their site - http://www.soundexchange.com.
These are interesting and thorny times for music and the recording industry, and if you go further you'll trip over issues such as the democratization of expression, freedom of culture, and marketplace dynamics. Maybe none of that is relevant (just because I think it is doesn't make it so!), but the information is certainly out there for people to decide on their own. You all are just lucky you're not sitting within earshot, cuz I'd gnaw you down to the bone jawing about it.
I was on the SomaFM site and this bit summarizes some of the core issues very well:
In the past, under the Small Webcasters Act, independent internet broadcasters had an option to pay a percentage (10-12%) of their revenues to SoundExchange for these royalties on the "sound recording". This is in addition to the 5-6% royalties they pay to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC for the royalties on the composition of the song. But this Act expired at the end of 2005.
Now, internet broadcasters are being forced to pay "per song, per listener", and the rates go up every year until 2010 when the current agreement ends.
Satellite broadcasters pay royalties based on a percentage of their revenue; local radio stations pay no royalties at all to labels or artists for their over-the-air broadcasts. But now internet radio is no longer being allowed to pay based on our revenues, and instead have pay per song, per listener. This means for 2006, the fees will be around $600,000 for 2006. Based on our current listenership, these fees will be over $1 million dollars for 2007! And the fees go up every year through 2010. From 2000-2005, we had to pay 10-12% of our revenues. Now we're bring forced to pay several times our total revenues. Why should internet radio have to pay so much more? It doesn't seem fair.