Broadcasting Threatened by New Legislation – A Call To Arms!
Hyperbole aside, free speach, the ability (not even the right) to broadcast over the net, as well as in other media/formats has been threatened in a direct, convoluted and expensive manner by the March 2, 2007 Copyright Royalty Board rate determination. Below find a number of links with relevant information and ways to fight back, speak out and speak up against this ridiculous action.
Just to be clear the objection I have is not so much that they’re trying to enforce licensure but the manner with which it is to be enacted. Creating a “tax” is one thing, making it retroactive to January 2006 is another thing entirely. Charging folks running non-commercial stations (small fry like RadioRadio) 500 dollars (USD) and up a year seems a bit extreme, and the rates applied to so-called commercial stations are prohibitive for anyone in the developmental/growth stage. Gone will be album side shows, 2 for Tuesdays, Artist-focused programming much less the ability to take a song request and play it within an HOUR of request receipt, these restrictions seem rather restrictive and stringent for a reasons I cannot fathom.
Before one dismisses this as an issue of a bunch of folks spinning tunes off their home computers, consider this, NPR has filed a class action suite, claiming that nearly 60% of their programming would be effected. Satellite stations are also at risk with this action, so please take a moment to consider the far-reaching implications and let your governmental entities know where you stand on this important issue.
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