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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 05:16 PM
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The Chairman of the House Commerce Committee has summoned representatives from the webcasting and recording industries.

Within the hour, the group will meet in attempt to broker a settlement that would relieve webcasters from the devastating royalty rates set to go into effect on Sunday.

Will keep you informed of any breakin updates as we receive them. We are definitely on a roller-coaster ride.

Everyone must continue to call their Congressperson. Keep calling and you can call more than once to tell them to put this to a vote on the floor of congress.


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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 06:12 PM
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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 07:15 PM
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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 07:39 PM
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I have contacted my representative at least 4 times and did so again tonight. He will have it first thing in the morning. I doubt this started in the community of Celtic musicians but all will have to suffer. GOOD LUCK with the negotiations.

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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 07:57 PM
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Saying a prayer and phoning my reps... Don't know what good it'll do, but I'm certainly not going to go quietly.


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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 08:35 PM
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The realization about it all finally hit me today. I have been putting off coming to terms with the magnitude of the royalty increase. Certainly Live365 will need to increase their broadcast fees to something that is complete outrageous and out of our small budget.

Please have your friends, family call and focus on Congress. That is what we are being told to focus our efforts on.

Like I said, I threw away the script and told them about Celtic Radio. The hundreds of artists, the music that is not heard on local stations, the economics of us spending money on hardware, postage, shirts, software and graphics - we do contribute to the economy!

They seemed extremely interested in the fact of "Single Owned" webcasters like myself. If you do call, please stress to them that Celtic Radio is a small webcaster and needs the protection of the Internet Radio Equality Act.

As always I thank each and everyone one of your for your support!

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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 09:00 PM
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Congressman Inslee Goes to the Floor for Internet Radio


Internet Radio Equality Act Original Cosponsor Speaks on Behalf of Legislation and
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Last night, Congressman Jay Inslee (WA-01), original cosponsor of the Internet Radio Equality Act, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of his bill. He called on Congress to “fix this problem” and pledged to keep working toward a viable and fair solution.

Read the Full Text of Congressman Jay Inslee's speech:

http://www.savenetradio.org/press_room/pre...0711-inslee.pdf
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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 09:13 PM
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Please see other posts below - we are not out of the woods yet

I have just been informed that SOUNDEXCHANGE WILL NOT ENFORCE THE NEW ROYALTY RATES!!! This is the message that I am hearing about the special meeting today at Congress.

This is unbelievable news - the Copyright Board has been completely cut out of the picture.

This is a DIRECT RESULT OF YOUR CALLS! Thankyou all!

A complete reversal of what SoundExchange was stating at 5:00 today:
http://blog.wired.com/music/2007/07/breaki...ing-news-o.html

But don't stop, we still have to keep calling and expressing our views to Congresspeople. We have to have the Internet Radio Equalty Act passed so we never have to do this again.

I think the shipwreck of July15th has been avoided - but I will wait until I hear the full details.

Look at that, and people say the American people don't get politically involve and make a difference. Heck, we are all making a difference with each and every letter and call.

Just think what other issues we could effect with this type of political activness!!
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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 09:38 PM
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Great news, Paul, and great going everyone! Let's not slack up now. Good stuff!


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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 09:43 PM
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Excellent News !!! Don't forget, keep calling & writing to your congressmen, We have to have The Internet Radio Equality act passed. I have sent numerous letters & calls, will keep doing same... clap.gif
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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 10:00 PM
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I agree - we need to keep calling - the Internet Radio Equality Act needs to be passed. This will allow Celtic Radio to grow in the future. At 7.5% of profit it opens the door to many opportunities for us.

But let me be clear - we must tell our congresspeople that this is for small webcasters - they should focus their efforts on small webcasters and not medium to large webcaster such as Yahoo, AOL or MSN.

Here is the first news article I have found that you might be interested in reading. There are alot of response to this article. Scroll down to see them!

http://blog.wired.com/music/2007/07/breaki...ing-news-o.html

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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 10:25 PM
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Posted: 12-Jul-2007, 10:26 PM
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Too late at night to call now but I'll get tomorrow for sure-again. Remember this is Michigan reps are pretty slow on things.
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This is just FANTASTIC!!!! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders..I can't imagine how you feel Celtic Radio.....YES... I can't believe it...WOO HOO! thumbs_up.gif

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