Blagica Stefanovski, NBC5 Street Team (Video)
Wow. How many more things can be regulated? On Tuesday, June 26th, the majority of Internet radio stations will be silent. No radio, no James Brown playlist on Pandora, nada. Why?
Well, the Copyright Royalty Board is saying that ALL broadcasters of radio thru the Internet must a)back pay royalty fees for all music and b) begin paying triple the rates moving forward.
This means, in a nuthsell, that all of these broadcasters will go out of business. The group, Save Net Radio, is protesting the change, which is set to go into effect on July 15th (and are retroactive to January 2006). The national Day of Silence is a way to tell the CRB, ‘Enough’.
There are 50 million folks that listen to some form of Internet radio and in the end, we will lose. I am an avid user of iTunes and actually find alot of great music THROUGH services like Pandora and Rhapsody. Hence, the CRB is getting my dime at the end of the day – thru an indirect means.
What can you do? Easy, contact your Congressman. If you don’t know who they are, I made it easy for you. Also, Save Net Radio has a great sheet of talking points for you to use when contacting our fearless leaders!
Back in the day, the catch phrase was ‘I Want My MTV’. Change that up with, ‘I Want My Net Radio!’
Sheesh! What’s next? Backpayments on the amount of times I wrote ‘LOL’ in my AOL chat window?