Help Save Internet Radio

Posted Tue, Mar 06, 2007 12:03 PM PST

On March 2, 2007, the Copyright Royalty Board approved new music royalty rates for Internet Radio stations that have the potential to bury independent webcasters by substantially increasing royalty rates. Left unchanged, the new rates could force stations like Party107 and many others to pay thousands of dollars per month in music royalties to just one of the several agencies that stations are required to pay. The new rates also increase in future years. 2007's rates are a 37.5% increase over 2006, 2008 and 2009's rates increase by about 28% per year, and the rates increase another 5.5% in 2010. These unreasonable music royalty costs (not including other legal obligations, stream servers, and bandwidth costs) may drive many independent webcasters who have been operating legally for years off the air.

Please visit the following links to learn what you can do to help get this decision overturned and help save Internet Radio: - Summary of new rates and links to write your Representative

More in-depth explanation of new rates with some cost figures

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