SaveNetRadio Coalition

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SaveNetRadio Coalition

Post by bbrodka » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:56 pm

Please pass this on
Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio: ... id=9631541

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.

I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.

-Tim Westergren
(Pandora founder)

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Post by nohitter151 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:07 pm

Sent, and shared this with another forum who has surprisingly shown more response than this one has.

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Post by Steegy » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:22 pm

Well, I checked 2 sites (Pandora and DI) and neither of them say anything about it on the front page or (for DI) on the forum.
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Post by Teknojnky » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:57 pm

only by putting our foot down now, can we keep net radio alive

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Post by Lowlander » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:37 pm

I assume that all resistance is futile as I assume we also don't want DRM yet it's there. I don't use online media, but I think that this is ridiculous. Let's hope that the media companies see this or that artists figure out that media companies don't care about either consumers or artists.
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Post by Steegy » Mon May 07, 2007 9:32 am

Now I've noticed that also DI has given this warning, I'm getting concerned too.
Come on US citizens, you can prevent this bad thing from happening!
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Post by rovingcowboy » Mon May 07, 2007 3:25 pm

i got an email on this 2 years ago they still trying to close net radio?

any way they can get money the riaa companys will try.

the artists already know the companys don't care about them
the record companys won a lawsuit awhile back making all the songs recoreded by the artists undercontract be owned by the company. and if the artists want them recoreded they had to be under a contract. or the record company's manufatcturing plants did not have to make the artist's records.

the companys also got the songs copyright's for 35 years after the songs release then it goes to the singer/ songright or their family member if it was willed to them and if there are any alive.
if none can be found then the company retains the copyrights for life.

i said someplace else on here that the only artists that did not have this happen to them were the rich ones and the ones smart enough to buy them all back before the law took effect.

now they have to try and add something in to the contract to keep their songs.
but the riaa companys don't let that happen for the new singers and songwriters, and might not let it happen for the well known ones either.

hank jr. got his and his dad's song's copyrights.
but then who's going to argue with hank jr.
you seen how big he is?
the song from roy orbison comes to mind?
" anything you want you got it "

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