24 Jun 07 10:44 pm
Internet Radio webcasters will go silent!
Not a moment of silence, but a full day of silence is planned by
US-based webcasters, lots of them, in protest of the Copyright
Royalty Board's increase in royalty rates. Internet radio stations
argue the rate hikes are disproportionate and will shut down the
entire Web radio industry.
Tuesday, June 26, thousands of US webcasters will go silent,
including big names like Yahoo, Rhapsody, MTVOnline, and Pandora,
as well as more local offerings like BluegrassCountry.org/WAMU.org
Some webcasters will cut off their streams entirely while others
will play static, ocean sounds, or similar fare with periodic
public service announcements of what is happening.
"The arbitrary and drastic rate increases set by the Copyright
Royalty Board on March 2nd threaten the very livelihood of
thousands of webcasters and their millions of listeners
throughout the country," said Jake Ward, a spokesperson for the
"The campaign to save Internet radio - a genuine grassroots
movement comprised of hundreds of thousands of webcasters, artists
and independent labels, and Net radio listeners - has quickly
brought this issue to the national forefront and the halls of
Congress, but there is still more to be done before the
approaching deadline of July 15th.
"On Tuesday, thousands of webcasters will call on their millions
of listeners to join the fight to save Internet radio and contact
their Congressional representatives to ask for their support of the
Internet Radio Equality Act."
After July 15, the CRB plans to impose its new rates, a policy that
is retroactive, requiring Net radio providers pay the new rates for
the previous 17 months as well.
The complete list on Internet radio stations participating in the
Day of Silence are as follows:
Yahoo! WPNA (Oak Park, IL),
Live365 stations, 60's Chicks Radio/Seasons &
Rhapsody, Celebrations Radio,
MTV Online, STAR 107.9,
KCRW (Santa Monica, CA), Puregold Rock 'N Roll,
Pandora, NeverEndingWonder Radio,
DigitallyImported, BAGeL Radio,
3WK, KDUN (Reedsport, OR),
Wizard Radio, KQLZ (Los Angeles, CA),
Born Again Radio, KXPR/KXJZ (Sacramento, CA),
Ear.fm, BlackLight Radio,
WGLI (Bablylon, NY), Pure Pop 24/7,
WMUK (Kalamazoo, MI), Smooth Jazz and More,
Head-On Radio Network, Reggae Nostalgia,
Zecom/Gemz Radio, WCH Radio/The Wave,
monkeygrip music cafe, WYGS Southern Gospel Radio
KFCF (Fresno, CA), Network,
Blue Power/Guitar Speak,
Thought some may want to know this........