Internet Radio faces deadly legislation

There is some pretty nasty legislation up that will destroy internet radio, or other internet services that require similar licenses (Pandora falls under this). These laws essentially give complete control to the license holder to charge outrageous fees to play their songs, while letting them control which songs can be played for free. This means shitty music gets played more often.

SomaFM, a popular internet radio station, explains:

"The Copyright Royalty Board has announced new copyright licensing fees for internet radio stations. The new fees are a staggering increase over our previous annual royalty rate of about $22,000 to over $600,000 for 2006. And the fees are even higher in 2007, based on our current listenership, they'll be over $1 million dollars for 2007! (Which is 3-4 times what we hope to raise in 2007). If you think this is unfair to internet radio, and you are an American citizen, you can send a letter to your congressman showing your support for internet radio. We already have the attention of Congress, so now you have to let them know you support internet radio and that royalty rates shouldn't be structured in a way that will put small webcasters out of business."

Email your congressmen quickly here, just enter in your zipcode and fill out the email webform. I didn't know about congress.org, seems like a pretty quick way to shoot out a message.

Sample text to send them.

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an exciting day

Holy crap. I just listened to the end of Bush's press conference. With the Democrats taking control of the House, one seat left for the Democrats to take control of the Senate, and Rumsfield getting replaced, there is huge change happening today. I feel like this election was more important and exciting than even the previous presidential elections; I certainly felt that way on my way to the polls. Change is good, especially when an elephant is on your back. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyy hey hey hey hey!

The world may not end before 2008 after all!

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