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Mailagnas maqqas Dunaidonas 
Posted: 16-Jul-2007, 07:10 AM
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Well done, everyone, especially Paul!
We all need to keep in mind the worods of Yogi Berra: "It's not over until it's over." and keep up the good fight until Congress does the right thing.


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Posted: 16-Jul-2007, 11:55 AM
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Posted: 16-Jul-2007, 04:03 PM
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Despite my lack of comments in this thread, I have been trying to save internet radio in my own way. I have contacted my senator twice....I too went off script! I have had a problem contacting my congessmen for some reason...probably my fault in not doing something right.

anyway, I went to more desperate measures and contacted a friend of mine who is one of the producers of a Tucson news stations and I asked him if he would address this problem and make it known to all out there so more people would be aware on this crisis! I have another friend whose husband who is a newscaster and going to contact her now and see if they can try and help us out and spread the word.

You know? I am so stupid. I thought this affected internet radio only, which I have done my part to save. but I guess I didn't realize it could possibly shut the whole forum down! My gosh! It hit me today and I am in a panic and sick mode at this time. So will do what I can, even more!

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Posted: 16-Jul-2007, 08:30 PM
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Even though I can't listen to HR at the moment I really dread the thought of the forum not even being here. Even more the thought of absoulutly no access to Celtic music aside from sound samples at Amazon. Its still a wonderful place for ideas and music sugestions even if the free player doesn't work right now on my computer. I wouldn't have heard of many of the bands I've come to know and love if it wasn't for this service despite the fact that I try to keep up with the celtic music scene as much as possible. And I can imagine its the same for people who love all the other types of music found on the Live 365 and the rest of the net. I grew tired of the top 40 reregergitated stuff they play on regular radio along time ago and I reallly don't care to have to listen to it again. So keep up the fight people. Its us lonely small communities and people on the edge of nowherewith one one or two top 40 stations and who have no other musical alternatives that you are fighting for.


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Posted: 29-Jul-2007, 09:30 PM
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Got the email/newsletter today that states we are still in the game while they work things out.
to quote: Internet Radio has been given a stay while Congress, Webcasters and Soundexchange work out a compromise. This is a direct result of the millions of listeners, webcasters and musicians calling their representatives. All we can say is thank you very much and keep the good fight going. Your calls have made a difference!

Still not out of the woods but at least there is some light coming through the treetops. Keep calling
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Posted: 04-Aug-2007, 09:19 PM
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Barring "great progress" in negotiations between webcasters and the recording industry by Labor Day, two prominent senators announced yesterday that they will take "expeditious steps" towards the passage of the Internet Radio Equality Act.

Sounds like congress and the senate are getting fed up with the RIAA and Soundexchange.

Passage of the Internet Radio Equality Act will allow small webcasters to continue to stream - either through a service like Live365 or on their own!


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Posted: 08-Aug-2007, 10:25 AM
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News Release. . .

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For Immediate Release:
August 2, 2007
CONTACT: Jennifer Hoelzer (Wyden): 202-224-3789

Wyden, Brownback Call CRB Rates for Webcasters “Unfounded”

Promise to move forward with “Internet Radio Equality Act” unless progress is made by Labor Day

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan), Senate sponsors of the “Internet Radio Equality Act” released the following statement today regarding efforts to save Internet radio:

“We sponsored the Internet Radio Equality Act because the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision to dramatically increase royalties and apply what we see as unfounded minimum rates threatens to devastate the Internet radio industry. The fact is online radio services do not have enough revenue to support what will amount to unprecedented royalties. The $500 per channel minimum fee alone will deliver an over $1 billion annual windfall to record companies, a windfall that is not justified by any business or equity considerations.

“Now we are hearing that the recording industry is attempting to use this aspect of the CRB decision to force webcasters to adopt recording restrictions far in excess of the controls that have governed broadcast content for decades. While we strongly support a negotiated solution, we will not allow the minimum fee issue to be used to force an agreement that mandates DRM technology and fails to respect the established principles of fair use and consumer rights.

“After the July 15 deadline came and went we were pleased to learn that SoundExchange was negotiating with webcasters, and we expected to avoid pushing forward with this legislation. But, as Congress heads into its August recess, we are troubled by the lack of negotiating progress being reported. Broadcasters report that their June 6 offer to SoundExchange has yet to warrant a response, and webcasters report that negotiating meetings with SoundExchange are proving difficult to schedule.

“Internet radio is crucial to many segments of business and culture – to small and large webcasters building sustainable businesses; to independent artists trying to make it in a crowded industry; and to millions of music fans searching for new diverse music that corporate radio generally does not offer. Innovation and creativity are the winners if Internet radio flourishes, and are the losers if Internet radio stagnates.

“If great progress toward a fair solution for webcasters is not made by Congress’s return to Washington after Labor Day, then we plan to take expeditious steps toward passage of the Internet Radio Equality Act. We feel the Senate must take action, and we will make every effort move the Internet Radio Equality Act to the floor.”


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Just got this from Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) (apparently his aides don't check their email inboxes too often):

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Thank you for contacting me regarding the increase in royalty rates for webcasters. I appreciate hearing from you.

In 2002, Congress passed the Small Webcasters Settlement Act (SWSA), which allowed small webcasters to pay royalties based on a percentage of revenue rather than on a per-song, per-listener basis. The royalty rates established in this legislation, however, were only effective through 2005.

Shortly after the expiration of SWSA, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) announced new royalty rates, effective until December 31, 2010, that required small webcasters to again pay on a per-song, per-listener basis. Despite opposition from the Digital Media Association, National Public Radio, and others, these rates went into effect on July 15, 2007.

During the last several months, the CRB has been negotiating with webcasters in an attempt to reconcile their differences and establish royalty rates that are both fair and legal.

In addition, the Internet Radio Equality Act of 2007 (S. 1353) was introduced on May 10, 2007. This measure would nullify the new royalty rates and also would change the standards for determining "reasonable" rates and terms for royalties. Supporters of this bill believe it would protect the viability of small webcasters, who often see their programming as a public service broadcasting and who expand the diversity of music available on the web. Opponents claim that the CRB ruling was fair and took into consideration the best interests of all parties involved.

This legislation has been referred to the Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member. I will keep your thoughts in mind as the committee considers this issue.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me. Please feel free to keep in touch.

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Posted: 12-Nov-2007, 09:27 PM
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QUOTE (patternweaver @ 13-Jul-2007, 09:35 AM)
Got an excellent response from the office of Rep. Olver (Western MA). He is a co-sponser. Bill still in committee (unfortunately not one he is on). Fully supports the Bill. Sen. Kerry supports the bill as per a casual response from his office and Sen. Kennedy is still thinking about it. Keep calling. Senators who are "still thinking about it" need to hear that their constituants want them to support it. Phone calls work MUCH better than e-mails.

My thanks for David MacRae's unwavering support of Celtic Radio and for internet radio while he was here on this earthly world. Unfortunately, we learned tonight that Patterweaver had a massive stroke and has passed on.

Our prayers and sympathy go out to his family.
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Thanks for letting us know, Paul. We will sure keep the family in prayer.


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Posted: 13-Nov-2007, 12:38 AM
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David McRae sounds like a fine man who was willing to back his beliefs with hard work. It's always a sad day when we lose more of the good people.

As a Canadian, there is little that I can do to convince senators, congressmen or other government people because I don't vote in the US - though I have dropped a few notes to influential Americans.

I applaud David and others who have done so much to save internet radio. May his efforts lead to success and may he be an inspiration to others. I will be pleased to remember him, and his family & friends, in prayer.


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Posted: 14-May-2008, 07:31 PM
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We have not had an update on the Internet Radio issues in a while, but it is rearing its ugly head again!

Here is an update from Live365 about the current issues and what you can do to help:

Dear SaveNetRadio supporter,

It has been a year since an increase in royalty fees for webcasters put the future of Internet radio at risk. Since then, more than 2 million people have called on Congress to save Internet radio, the Internet Radio Equality Act has been cosponsored by 150 Members of Congress, and a hearing was held in the House Small Business Committee. In spite of all this - nothing has changed. We need your help.

On Thursday May 15, Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas will introduce the Internet Radio Equality Act (IREA) as an amendment to the Orphan Works Bill (S. 2913) while it is being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee . As you know, the IREA would level the playing field for Internet radio webcasters and promote greater parity within the radio industry, while doing away with the discrimination that now forces webcasters to pay fees more than twice as high as their closest competition, cable and satellite radio.

You can help. At least one of your Senators is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and we need their support. Call them today and ask them to support independent artists, small businesses, and the future of Internet radio. You can find their phone number and talking points here: http://www.capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/al...rt_9738601.html. Ask your Senator to support the Brownback Amendment to S. 2913.

We need your help to remind Congress that though Internet radio is still on the air and artists are still being paid for their work by webcasters, nothing has been resolved and we need them to act.

On behalf of webcasters, artists and fellow Internet radio listeners everywhere, thank you. Let's finish what we started a year ago.
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After a who year has gone by, we are finally seeing some results. Please read the Radio and Internet Newsletter for the latest news about Senate hearings which appear to be going the Webcasters way:

http://textpattern.kurthanson.com/articles...glimmer-of-hope
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Oct. 1, 2008

Senate Approves Webcaster Settlement Act

Solution for Webcasters May Be Nearing

WASHINGTON D.C. – Legislation authorizing SoundExchange to negotiate royalty agreements with webcasters on behalf of copyright owners and performers before the end of the year has been approved by the U.S. Senate. The Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 (H.R. 7084), passed unanimously in the House of Representatives earlier this week, was approved by the Senate yesterday evening and now awaits President Bush’s signature.

http://www.savenetradio.org/latest_news/08-10-01.html


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