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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:51 pm   Post subject: Day of Silence Reply with quote


I'm wondering why Jeric didn't participate?


Webcasters carry on with 'Day of Silence'
Linda Rosencrance

June 26, 2007 (Computerworld) Large and small U.S. webcasters turned off the music today to protest the planned royalty rate increase by the Copyright Royalty Rate Board. A spokesman for the SaveNetRadio Coalition said more than 14,000 webcasters participated.

Some webcasters shut off access to their music streams, while others replaced their music streams with long periods of silence or other white noise, interrupted only by public service announcements about the issue.

"Webcasters of every size and from every corner of the country will stand united ... to protest a very real and fast-approaching threat to their livelihood," said Jake Ward, coalition spokesman in a statement "With nearly a half-million e-mails and phone calls from webcasters, listeners and the artists they support sent to Congress in just the last two months, this national grass-roots campaign has certainly captured the attention of lawmakers, but there is more to be done and time is running out."

During what is being called a "National Day of Silence" webcasters are asking their listeners to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to support the Internet Radio Equality Act, according to the statement.

Internet-only webcasters and broadcasters that stream music online will explain to their listeners that "silence" is what Internet radio may be reduced to after July 15, the day the new royalty rates go into effect.

One participant, Yahoo Music, said in a statement on its Web site: "Apologies to anyone who was hoping to listen to free LaunchCast. We're shutting down the Internet's No. 1 radio service for the day to draw attention to the outrageous rates recently set by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, D.C."

"I'm hearing that listeners are incensed that they didn't know about the royalty rate increase, and they're all calling me," Ward said in an interview.

Ward said his organization hasn't heard anything from SoundExchange Inc., the group that collects royalties from Internet radio broadcasters. "I think they're probably listening to terrestrial radio today," Ward said.

SoundExchange spokesman Richard Ades said the protest is about big webcasters complaining about the new rates because SoundExchange has offered small Internet radio stations more time before they would have to pay the higher royalty rates. However, webcasters declined the offer.

"Going silent is just hurting their very own customers, and all it demonstrates is the value of music. If people don't pay for music, then there isn't going to be any music to build these webcasting businesses on," Ades said.

Earlier this year, the federal royalty rate board set rates that would at least triple the amount of royalties Internet radio broadcasters must pay to copyright holders to play a song.

Under the board ruling, royalty rates will be changed from a percentage of revenue to a per-song, per-listener fee. The entities affected include pure-play Internet radio stations, digital music stations and traditional broadcast stations that also stream their programs. The new rates, which would be retroactive to 2006, would increase until 2010.

Federal lawmakers have filed legislation that would reverse the board's decision.

On Thursday, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing to examine the decision to raise rates and its impact on Internet radio. The committee will hear testimony from various Internet Radio outlets and music artists with views on both sides of the issue.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:36 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


CJ,

I wasn't thinking to enter here today, but i read about this "Day of Silence" and then has decided to go. So, I have the same question: why DFM is not part of this?

Also, @ savenetradio.org I discovered a link to "International Listeners"
http://www3.capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/mlm/signup/

What is the effectiveness of signup there? If I do it, i would be helping or troubling?

Jeric, I answer this again: How we foreigners could help DFM?

Thank you CJ for this space.

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Partial list of participants in yesterdays "Day of Silence" (from the press release):

The following is a partial list of participants; it is not a complete list:
Yahoo!
Live365 stations,
Rhapsody,
MTV Online,
AccuRadio,
KCRW (Santa Moncia, CA),
Pandora,
Radioio,
DigitallyImported,
RadioParadise,
3WK,
myMVY,
Wizard Radio,
Born Again Radio,
Pearadio.com,
Ear.fm,
WGLI (Bablylon, NY),
WMUK (Kalamazoo, MI),
Head-On Radio Network,
Zecom/Gemz Radio,
monkeygrip music cafe,
KFCF (Fresno, CA),
LuckySevenRadio.com,
Blue Power/Guitar Speak,
WPNA (Oak Park, IL),
60's Chicks Radio/Seasons & Celebrations Radio,
STAR 107.9,
WRPS/WebRadioPugetSound,
Puregold Rock 'N Roll,
NeverEndingWonder Radio,
RadioMilwaukee,
BAGeL Radio,
Gotradio/100hitz,
KDUN (Reedsport, OR),
GDRadio.net,
KQLZ (Los Angeles, CA),
KXPR/KXJZ (Sacramento, CA),
NiceNoise.Net,
BlackLight Radio,
Pure Pop 24/7,
Smooth Jazz and More,
Reggae Nostalgia,
WCH Radio/The Wave,
WYGS Southern Gospel Radio Network,
BluegrassCountry.org/WAMU.org,
WRAJ Internet Radio
KPBX - Spokane Public Radio http://www.kpbx.org/
Vault Radio http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com
KALW (San Francisco, CA) www.kalw.org
The Miz Radio http://www.live365.com/stations/misterconnections?site=pro
GalaxyStorm Radio http://www.radio.galaxystorm.com
MaxMarch Radio http://radio.maxmarch.com\
KRUA 88.1 http://krua.uaa.alaska.edu
Radio Odyssey http://www.radioodyssey.com
Indie Airplay http://www.indieairplay.com
Digitally Imported Radio http://www.di.fm
SKY.fm http://www.sky.fm
Grooveradio.com
LastCall-Radio http://www.lastcall-radio.com/
Melted Metal Web Radio http://www.meltedmetal.com/
The Hot Cakes and Sausage Morning Show
KVMR-FM, Nevada City CA (Sacramento market) http://kvmr.org
OutboundMusic http://outboundmusic.com/
radiokeneally.com
Ozone Radio www.theozoneradio.com
Zimmer Radio, Joplin, MO Kissin 92.5/Kix 102.5/1310 KZRG/Big Dog 97.9
http://www.ksyn925.com/
Loud City http://community.loudcity.com/
Power Radio International www.powerradioint.com
WEOS, Geneva, NY www.weos.org
WCPR Castle Point Radio, Hoboken, NJ http://www.stevens.edu/wcpr/
KHPZ Radio Network (Los Angeles, CA) www.myspace.com/khpzradionetwork
Italian Graffiati www.italiangraffiati.com
Radio Skipper www.radioskipper.com
Whitedove Gospel Internet Radio http://www.whitedoveradio.com
Kansas City Online Radio www.KCOnlineRadio.com
RoadsEndRadio www.RoadsEndRadio.com
All About Country - AllAboutCountry.com
RadioNC Online Internet Radio - http://radionc.com
WNYC New York Public Radio - www.wnyc.org
PowerHitRadio - http://www.thepowerhits.com\All Memphis Music -
www.AllMemphisMusic.com
Radio X Network – http://Radio X Network.com
KUIW Radio San Antonio, Texas - http://www.kuiw.org
PopFusion Radio - www.popfusionradio.com
WPRY AM 1400 Perry, FL http://www.wpry.com/
525 Power Tracks www.525.com
Wild West Radio - Wildwestradio.com
Jazz Radio 24/7 http://JazzRadio247.com
Barcelona Jazz Radio www.barcelonajazzradio.com
RadioZX www.RadioZX.com
WOXY www.woxy.com
WAjP Net Radio Network, Paintsville, Kentucky http://phsaa.org/
TheRockHD - TheRockHD.com
YHotHD - YHotHD.com ZRadio - zradio.com
WDYN - Dynamic Independent Radio 100.1 FM Rochester, NY WDYN.net
My Flex Radio – www.MyFlexRadio.com
Christian Rock.net – www.ChristianRock.Net
Wxfb.com
Variety-FM Gold – http://www.variety-fm.com
Mix Utah - www.mixutah.com
KCWU-FM 88.1, Ellensburg, WA (Central Washington University) -
http://www.881theburg.com/
Japan-A-Radio – http://www.japanaradio.com/
Radio Underground - http://www.radiounderground.net/
The Geek Radio – http://thegeekradio.com
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:51 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


"Christian Rock.net – www.ChristianRock.Net "

Muahahahaa it would be better if they were silent forever Mr. Green
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[quote="Dami"]"Christian Rock.net – www.ChristianRock.Net "

Muahahahaa it would be better if they were silent forever Mr. Green[/quote]

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More, from our local Durango paper:

Royalties worry local radio stations
Washington move will make Internet too expensive

June 27, 2007
By Ted Holteen | Herald Staff Writer

A recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington could make Internet radio the shortest-lived revolution in technology since the Laserdisc, and in the process undo years of advances by several local noncommercial radio stations.

The board's ruling would increase royalties paid to record companies and artists by broadcasters for music played on the Internet. Currently, broadcasters pay a flat fee to licensing companies or their intermediaries to play music on the airwaves, and the fee covers stations that also stream broadcasts on the Internet.

The new structure, introduced in March, would charge Internet broadcasters on a per-song, per-listener basis. For example, in 2007, copyright holders or the agents would receive $.0011 for each song streamed to each listener on a computer.

Steve Kennedy, executive director at KOTO-FM in Telluride, said if the new policy is adopted, the royalty costs paid by his station would go from about $500 annually to more than $10,000. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kennedy said, would be bankrupted if it attempted to cover its member stations' royalties.

"This was designed to account for the more than 10,000 Internet radio stations that have popped up," Kennedy said. "You can set one of those up in your basement, and yeah, if you play music without permission, someone's getting shorted. But it's throwing the baby out with the bathwater when they talk about taking stations that are FCC-licensed to pay on top of a fee they're already paying to be on air."

While commercial radio conglomerates such as Clear Channel Radio can afford the added costs, the higher fees are beyond the capabilities of local stations such as KDUR in Durango, KSUT in Ignacio and KOTO - each of which plays more than 20 hours of recorded music daily and has spent thousands of dollars in recent years to add streaming technology.

The stations each pay annual dues to either the CPB or the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and the larger organizations pay copyright fees with the dues.

Both Kennedy and Beth Warren, his counterpart at KSUT, said their streaming efforts are more a service for listeners than a revenue producer.

"We're not streaming because it's a market-based model," Warren said. "There are many listeners in our terrestrial service area who need the Web to pick us up." The new Mercy Regional Medical Center campus, she said, is a problem area for radio reception because of the amount of steel used in construction throughout Grandview. Also, Kennedy said the mountainous terrain surrounding his radio station interrupts signals less than a mile away.

"There has to be a distinction (for noncommercial stations)," Kennedy said. "As far as the local area is concerned, the stream is inseparable from the broadcast."

KDUR Station Manager Nancy Stoffer said the Copyright Royalty Board's decision harms a business relationship between radio stations and record companies that has lasted for more than 60 years.

"Radio and the record industry have always had a healthy and friendly relationship, albeit it at times corrupt like during the payola years," Stoffer said. "But it's been mutually beneficial - radio stations play the music the record companies want to sell, and record companies are able to get their product to their market. Now, they (the copyright-holders) see potential for more money, but I think it might backfire on them because they're not just biting the hand, they're cutting off the fingers of the hand that feeds them."

http://www.durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/07/news070627_3.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:01 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Last time I participated in a "Day of Silence" it was pretty lame. I think we're reaching more people through PSAs anyway.
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[quote="JERIC"]Last time I participated in a "Day of Silence" it was pretty lame. I think we're reaching more people through PSAs anyway.[/quote]

Thanks Jeric for the reply, was just wondering. I have no idea what kind of impact this had, kind of like those don't buy gas days.
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For Immediate Release Contact: Jake Ward (SaveNetRadio)
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 202 420 8056

More than 14 Million Net Radio Listeners Turn Up the Volume In Congress
National Day of Silence a ‘Tremendous Success’

WASHINGTON D.C. – Organizers of yesterday’s national Day of Silence – observed by more than 14,000 webcasters – reported today that more than 14 million net radio listeners visited SaveNetRadio.org, and over 350,000 thousand phone calls were placed to Members of the House and Senate calling on Congress to enact legislation that would preserve the future of Internet radio during the day long protest.

The Day of Silence was initiated by the Radio and Internet Newsletter (RAIN) and sponsored by the SaveNetRadio coalition.

“The silence that greeted millions of Internet radio listeners yesterday certainly turned up the volume in Congress,” SaveNetRadio spokesperson, Jake Ward said. “Yesterday’s day of silence was a tremendous success but the clock continues to tick on the future of Internet radio, and with more than 14 million hits on the SaveNetRadio website and almost 400,000 thousand phone calls made to Congress yesterday alone in support of the Internet Radio Equality Act, it is time for Congress take action.”

To date more than 400,000 emails and letters have been sent to Capitol hill by supporters of Internet radio and an estimated half a million phone calls have been made to individual offices.

“SaveNetRadio would like to thank every listener for their contribution to saving Internet radio and for their patience while the music they love and enjoy was temporarily disrupted. The coalition also thanks every webcaster who participated in yesterday’s Day of Silence, many of whom made financial sacrifices to ensure their listeners were aware of the threat looming over the industry,” Ward continued.

The Internet Radio Equality Act would vacate the CRB’s decision and set a 2006-2010 royalty rate at the same level currently paid by satellite radio services (7.5% of revenue.) The bill would also change the royalty rate-setting standard used in royalty arbitrations, so that the standards applying to webcasters would align with the standard that applies to satellite radio royalty arbitrations. The bill also re-sets the royalty rules for noncommercial radio such as NPR stations that offer Internet radio music.

A hearing on H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act, has been scheduled for Thursday, June 28th in the House Small Business Committee.

For more information on the SaveNetRadio coalition visit www.savenetradio.org.
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For Immediate Release Contact: Jake Ward (SaveNetRadio)
Friday, June 29, 2007 202 420 8056
No Substance in SoundExchange’s ‘Solutions’
Message Sent to Congress Today Hollow and Misleading
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, in response to a misleading claim made by
SoundExchange to members of Congress, the SaveNetRadio coalition released the
following statement:
"SaveNetRadio is disappointed that today's claim on the part of SoundExchange
that they have successfully addressed the "concerns" of Internet Radio webcasters is
merely another misleading attempt to negotiate with public relations and not with
substance. SoundExchange continues to demonstrate a fundamental lack of
understanding of the Internet radio industry. SoundExchange is unable, or perhaps
unwilling, to recognize that performance based royalty rates and looming threats of
billion-dollar minima inhibit investment and growth of royalty-paying music industry
business models.
"The Copyright Royalty Board, as part of its May 1 ruling, has increased sound
recording royalty rates for Internet broadcasters by more than 300% over the next 4 years
and instituted a minimum royalty fee for the industry of well more than 1 billion dollars.
This latest attempt by SoundExchange to silence increasingly vocal supporters of Net
Radio and the artists they support, further illustrates of the impact of this unprecendented
grassroots response. What has been proposed falls well short of even the lowest standard
of a temporary fix."
To learn more about the SaveNetRadio campaign, visit www.SaveNetRadio.org.
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