The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on May 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!).
All of us who broadcast Internet Radio strongly believe that musicians, performers and ever record labels deserve to be compensated for their creations through radio performance royalties (even though AM/FM Radio station DO NOT PAY ANY PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES to artists, musicians, performers or record labels).
Why? The reasons are complex. Many believe the RIAA and the major record labels actually want to drive Internet Radio with its thousands of independent broadcasters off the air. You can learn more by following this link and reading all the articles posted there.
Regardless of the reasons the RIAA is making these demands, the bottom line is that Internet Radio will cease to exist without your support today!
YOU MUST ACT NOW TO SAVE INTERNET RADIO:
- Call Your Representative in Congress Today! H.R. 2060, The Internet Radio Equality Act was introduced by Representatives Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL) to save the Internet radio industry. Please call your congressperson to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2060 by clicking the blue link above.
- Sign this on-line petition and open letter to the US Congress.
- Send an e-mail to your members of Congress. Thil link will help you locate your Congressperson and compose the letter.
- Once you've sent the e-mail above, print out a copy (you’ll actually receive one) and mail it to your Congress people. Follow up with a phone call. You can look up their addresses and phone numbers here.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspapers and any national magazines you enjoy. Short letters are more likely to be published. To save time and effort you can start with the e-mail you prepared for Congress and then modify it.
- Become a VIP Member of LIVE365, which will give you ad-free access to over 10,000 on-line radio stations, including all three Wizard Radio Stations. The very, very small monthly fee is well worth the price and you'll be supporting the continuation of Internet Radio.
- Tell a friend about the Internet Radio plight. Invite them to this website and invite them to listen to Internet Radio. Knowledge is power and we need to increase our base.
- Keep up to date on this issues and the progress of this fight. This LINK to the WIZARD, fkap Journal Radio Blog will keep you informed of all the related issues in great depth. You can learn as little or as much as you like.
- Go to LIVE365's SAVE INTERNET RADIO Website for the latest information and updates on actions you can take to Save Internet Radio.
Time is running out! You MUST ACT TODAY!!