June 26: The day the web goes silent

Join Bare Feet Studios in fighting the proposed rate increase for royalties paid by internet radio. “The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger.  Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!).  To protest these rates and encourage the millions of net radio listeners to take action and contact their Congressional representatives, a national Day of Silence will be held June 26.”

I am quoting in this post directly from the Save Internet Radio website (link has expired). “On March 2, 2007 the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which oversees sound recording royalties paid by Internet radio services, increased Internet radio’s royalty burden between 300 and 1200 percent and thereby jeopardized the industry’s future.

At the request of the Recording Industry Association of America, the CRB ignored the fact that Internet radio royalties were already double what satellite radio pays, and multiplied the royalties even further. The 2005 royalty rate was 7/100 of a penny per song streamed; the 2010 rate will be 19/100 of a penny per song streamed. And for small webcasters that were able to calculate royalties as a percentage of revenue in 2005 – that option was quashed by the CRB, so small webcasters’ royalties will grow exponentially!”

The internet is here to stay. People are speaking and listening to each other, as well as to your mass-produced content. Come join us at this amazing party, or be left behind.

When arbitrary and clearly biased fees such as these are imposed on the marketplace, the marketplace resembles more of a feudalistic system controlled by a few dinosaurs who don’t know how to grow their businesses with the times than “may the best company win.” Yes, this action has been spurred by the large traditional radio station owners who are seeing declining listenership due to the Internet.

Calling all traditional media and traditional content producers: You no longer control the conversation all by yourselves.

Calling YOU: You and Congress can stop this heinous fee hike that is designed to drive Internet Radio out of business. This link makes it easy to contact your representatives (link has expired).

View the list of participating stations here.

Meanwhile go explore internet radio if you haven’t already! Here are some places to start:

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