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Still Fighting to keep RadioRadio & other stations online on air …

Posted on April 30, 2007. Filed under: broadcasting, business, campaign, computers, Congress, Dissent, DJing, election, electronic, Free Speech, Grass-Roots, metaverse, Music, Politicians, Politics, PR, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, Technology, tragedy, voting, Webcasting |

Here’s two links with information and suggestions on how to keep internet radio (RadioRadio, NPR, and everyone else inbetween) legal, affordable and doable. The time is now, action is needed or we’ll all lose so much I doubt we can quantify it.

RAIN – Radio And Internet Newsletter

Save Net Radio dot Org

Please understand the danger is real, more than likely if this pile of steaming you-know-what isn’t turned around in Congress, that will be the end of RadioRadio and just about every podcaster, streaming station or interesting bit of audio online that you’ve ever enjoyed or ever might possibly enjoy in the future. This legislation is hateful and nauseating.

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Broadcasting Threatened by New Legislation – A Call To Arms!

Posted on March 15, 2007. Filed under: broadcasting, business, computers, Congress, Dissent, DJing, election, electronic, Free Speech, Grass-Roots, Liberal, Music, Politicians, Politics, PR, RadioRadio, taxes, Technology, voting, Webcasting |

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.

Save The Streams

Save Net Radio

Radio And Internet Newsletter

Live365 Royalties Information

Webcasters Unite

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