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Pandora is in danger

Internet delivered streaming audio broadcast is under financial attack by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC. SaveNetRadio.org

The board is proposing that the rates paid by providers of streaming audio triple in the next couple of years. The per-song-per-play fees are rising and the base fees are also being raised. Sadly, some terrific onlnie services will not be able to afford to stay in business.

This ruling does not apply to single instance downloads, such as iTunes. It also does not apply to traditional radio broadcasting or satellite radio. It does apply to internet delivered radio such as Pandora, Raw Egg Radio, KFAI's online broadcasts, and NPR's ability to stream copyrighted songs and programs, etc.

Be heard: Pandora radio started a microsite and petition urging Congressional representatives to act to save Internet radio: http://capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/issues/alert/?alertid=9631541
Contact the copyright board:http://www.loc.gov/crb/contact/
Blog about it:http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/archives/internet-radio-copyright-royalty-board-releases-decision-rates-are-going-up-significantly.html 

The ruling also sets a terrible precedence of bias against the internet as a means of broad public delivery that could impact other media such as streaming major label movies over the internet as NetFlix is exploring. The ruling is retroactive to January 1, 2006 which means that many webcasters will have to pay an entire year of back fees immediately. Can we spell "banckruptcy."

Yeah, the major players in the CRB are the record labels, not the artists.